Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch movie 'Bambi'

The case one of the largest related to deer poaching in Missouri's history. File pic

Image The case is one of the largest related to deer poaching in Missouri's history. File pic

A judge in the U.S. state of Missouri has sentenced a prolific poacher to repeat screenings of Bambi, the Walt Disney classic weepy about a fawn whose mother is slain by a hunter.

While the total number of deer taken illegally is unknown, Lawrence County's conservation agent Andy Barnes said it could be "several hundred". A fifth defendant, Jerimiah Cline, who is accused of assisting the Berrys and taking wildlife himself, had his hunting privileges revoked for five years.

He has also been sentenced to a 120-day term in Barton County prison for a firearms probation violation, and both he and his father had their hunting privileges revoked for life by the Missouri Conservation Commission. Berry reportedly would take the heads of the deer and would leave their bodies to rot in the woods.

It is unclear why Berry Jr was singled out to watch the 76-year-old Disney movie ad nauseam.

Lawrence County Judge Robert George included the special addition to Berry's sentence due to the egregious nature of the case, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Prosecutors said the deer were killed for their heads, and their bodies were left to rot.

"Bambi" is a classic animated children's film about a deer whose mother dies at the hands of a hunter.

David Berry Jr will watching Bambi once a month in prison. Pic Lawrence County Jail
Image David Berry Jr will watching Bambi once a month in prison. Pic Lawrence County Jail

"Conservation investigators estimated that the group was responsible for killing hundreds of deer over a three-year period", said Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter in a release.

According to court records, Berry's predicament stretches back to 2016, when he was busted for illegally killing wildlife in Lawrence County and charged with a misdemeanor.

He added: 'Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a "trophy" and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought.

Image: David Berry Jr will watching Bambi once a month in prison.

'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.

The other men involved in the illegal slaughtering of hundreds of deer were offered different punishments with majority getting their hunting privileges revoked for up to eighteen years along with some pretty hefty fines.

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