Judge orders poacher to watch Bambi as part of his sentence

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A judge has ordered a Missouri poacher a very interesting ruling as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer.

David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic “Bambi” at least once a month during his yearlong jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history, the Springfield News-Leader reports .

“The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste,” said Don Trotter, the prosecuting attorney in Lawrence County.

Davide Berry Jr, his father, two brothers and another man who helped them had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked. The men have paid a combined $51,000 in fines and court costs — but the judge ordered a special addition to Berry’s sentence for illegally taking wildlife.

Court records show he was ordered by Lawrence County Judge Robert George 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” while at the county jail.

Berry was also sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.


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