Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

Missouri man must watch ‘Bambi’ monthly as part of poaching punishment, judge rules

According to court records obtained by the News-Leader, David Berry Jr "is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during Defendant's incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail".

It took month for state authorities to track down David Berry Jr, his father David Berry Sr and his brother Kyle and arrest them for the crimes.

In the press release, Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter estimated that Berry and the family poaching ring killed hundreds of deer over a three-year period and that the hunters weren't after the meat. "It would be safe to say that several hundred deer were taken illegally".

A Missouri poacher who was convicted of illegally killing and beheading hundreds of deer has been ordered to watch "Bambi" every month while he's behind bars, according to a new report.

That means Berry will have to experience the emotional scene where Bambi's mother is killed by a hunter at least 12 times in the next year. But the judge added a special addition to his sentence.

29-year-old David Berry Jr.is one of three men convicted in what Missouri's Conservation Department said is among its "largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer".

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He was sentenced to hard time - and a hard-to-watch Disney film.

Judge Robert George sent Berry to jail for one year and ordered the film viewings to be conducted by the sheriff of the Lawrence County Jail.

Berry Jr's family members have also been accused of catching fish by hand, an often-illegal process that can be unsafe to both fishermen and fish populations.

Randy Doman, the state's conservation protection division chief, told the News-Leader that this type of poaching is nothing more than seeking out a "trophy". "While there are some cases where poachers go after the antlers for profit, with this bunch it was more about the thrill of the kill itself".

All the men have had their hunting, fishing and trapping permits taken away, at least temporarily, and altogether have dropped $51K in fines and court costs.

The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015 when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County.

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