Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Poacher Ordered to Watch 'Bambi' Repeatedly

Poacher Ordered to Watch 'Bambi' Repeatedly

After being convicted of killing hundreds of deer, David Berry Jr was sentenced to a year in prison, but during his time behind bars he must also watch the classic Disney film Bambi as part of his punishment.

It's understood to be one of the largest such cases ever investigated by the state of Missouri.

Court records dictate that Berry Jr.

After pleading guilty, Berry Jr. was sentenced to one year in jail in Lawrence County on December 6, according to a news release.

In addition to his jail stint, Lawrence County Judge Robert George ordered the offender to watch the classic 1942 Walt Disney movie, where Bambi's mother is shot and killed by hunters. No concrete numbers are available, but authorities say that the three men were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of deer over the course of the last few years.

"Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a "trophy" and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought", said Randy Doman, the division chief of the Missouri Department of Conservation, told the Springfield News-Leader. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the investigation has tied 14 Missouri residents to over 230 criminal charges that occurred in 11 Missouri counties.

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After an eight-and-a-half-month investigation, starting in 2015, into incidents in far-flung places like Kansas, Nebraska and Canada, Berry's dad, David Sr.

Berry Jr. was sentenced to a year in jail plus an additional 120 days in a nearby county for violating his felony firearms probation.

Scene from the animated Walt Disney film, "Bambi".

Berry, along with three family members, was busted by police following a multi-year poaching investigation, which saw the gang target young bucks.

"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, according to the Springfield News-Leader. A fifth defendant, Jerimiah Cline, who is accused of assisting the Berrys and taking wildlife himself, had his hunting privileges revoked for five years. In total, the other co-conspirators faced a litany of charges and paid almost US$200,000 (NZ$293,000) in bonds and fines and served 33 days in jail, according to the department of conservation.

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