Judge orders deer poacher to repeatedly watch Bambi in jail as part of sentence
A Missouri judge ordered a man caught up in one of the largest deer poaching cases in the state's history to repeatedly watch the classic Disney movie "Bambi" as part of his punishment.
Lawrence County Judge Robert George ordered the special addition to the one-year prison sentence of David Berry Jr. after he and three of his family members were busted in a massive, multi-year poaching case, which involved state, federal, and Canadian law enforcement agencies, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
Court records show that while Berry Jr. is in prison, he must "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."
Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter said the family killed mostly trophy bucks at night, taking their heads and "leaving the bodies of the deer to waste."
Conservation Agent Andy Barnes estimates the group stole hundreds of animals since they began their illegal hunting operation several years ago.
Berry Jr., his father, two brothers and another man who helped the family illegally kill hundreds of animals all have had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked temporarily or permanently.