Weird Utah pseudocelebrity Dell Schanze, a.k.a. "Superdell," the star of a number of wacky commercials for defunct computer chain Totally Awesome Computers, could have taken a plea deal when he appeared in court Thursday, but he didn't—because that would mean admitting he kicked that owl.
Superdell, who comes across as an asshole in his court proceedings, faces federal charges of "knowingly using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird," the AP reports, after he was allegedly caught on video in 2011 chasing down and kicking an owl in flight while paragliding, then bragging about it.
Here's that video:
"Who's the predator? HOO-rah! I kicked an owl's butt!" Schanze can be heard cheering, after he follows the bird for nearly 7 minutes on his powered paraglider.
Schanze's plea deal fell through because he refused to stipulate to the facts of the case, saying that would make him look like an "evil, horrible guy."
Outside the courtroom, he "proceeded to go into a rant ... about the satanic media that tells lies," the AP reported.
Superdell, whose chain of computer stores shut down in 2006, maintained his local fame by running for governor of Utah. Thankfully, he was not elected.
His charges carry a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $10,000 fine.