Judge Orders Deer Poacher to Watch 'Bambi' Once a Month While Incarcerated
A deer poacher in Missouri has been ordered to watch the Disney classic 'Bambi' monthly for the entire year he's in jail.
PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS - DECEMBER 08: Local deer rest in the shadows during Day Two of the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage on December 8, 2018 in Port Louis, Mauritius. (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
A 29-year-old deer poacher in Missouri named David Berry Jr. has been sentenced to watch the Disney movie Bambi several times over as part of his sentence for a scheme that led to hundreds of deers being killed.
"The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste," said Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter. Conservation agents added that it's one of the largest cases of deer poaching in the history of the state.
Because of that, Berry was given the aforementioned unorthodox add-on to his jail sentence, which said: "At least one time per month, that Defendant is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least such viewing each month thereafter during the Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail..."
Berry, as well as his father, two brothers, and another man who helped the family in their morbid pursuit had their hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges taken away, either temporarily or permanently. They've also paid a combined $51,000 in court costs and fines.
The investigation into Berry has been going on since late 2015 after authorities received an anonymous tip that deer poaching was going on in the area.