Poacher who killed hundreds of deer ordered to repeatedly watch Disney movie 'Bambi' as part of prison sentence
David Berry Jr. pleaded guilty to taking the lives of hundreds of deer before the judge handed him the special prison sentence.
A convicted animal poacher was ordered by a Missouri judge to repeatedly watch the Disney blockbuster 'Bambi' as part of his sentence for killing hundreds of deer.
On December 6, David Berry Jr. received a one-year jail sentence after he was found guilty of taking the lives of wildlife illegally. That said, he also received a 120-day sentence in a neighboring county for felony firearms probation violation.
Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter said in court: “The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste," per the Springfield News Leader.
The order filed by Judge Robert George in the case against Berry includes a special punitive attachment aside from jail time.
“Defendant 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 Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail,” the judge mentioned. Bambi, the protagonist in the 1942 film, loses his mother when she is shot and killed by a hunter.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the multi-year poaching investigation has tied 14 Missouri residents to over 230 criminal charges that occurred in 11 Missouri counties. Aside from Berry, three of the defendants are his relatives who have paid $51,000 in fines and court costs, according to the News Leader.
According to the Associated Press, Lawrence County Conservation Agent Andy Barnes said: “It is unknown how many deer the main group of suspects has taken illegally over the past several years. It would be safe to say that several hundred deer were taken illegally.”
Berry is slated to watch the movie at least 12 times during his incarceration, according to Fox 8 News.
Wildlife violations can be reported through the Operation Game Thief Hotline, 1-800-392-1111 or via the local conservation agent, People reports.