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Convicted Poacher Must Watch ‘Bambi’ Once A Month In Jail!

David Berry Jr. Image Lawrence County Sheriff's Office David Berry Jr. Image Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Theresa Hayes | 18 December, 2018, 09:47

David Berry Jr. has been sentenced to one year in jail with repeated viewings of Walt Disney's Bambi after illegally killing hundreds of deer.

According to official court records, dated December 6, Berry "is 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, during defendant's incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail".

Missouri hunter David Berry Jr watch the Disney film Bambi repeatedly after being convicted in what is reportedly one of the state's biggest poaching cases.

Berry, his father, two brothers and another man who helped them had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked temporarily or permanently.

A Missouri hunter involved in the illegal killing of "several hundred deer" over the years must watch the Disney classic "Bambi" once a month while he remains behind bars.

Andy Barnes, a conservation agent, told the Springfield News- Leader: "It is unknown how many deer the main group of suspects has taken illegally over the past several years".

Berry Jr's family members have also been accused of catching fish by hand, an often-illegal process that can be risky to both fishermen and fish populations.

He was also was sentenced to 120 days in jail for a firearms offence.

The Missouri Department of Conservation said information from the investigation led to 14 Missouri residents facing more than 230 charges in 11 counties. According to a press release by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Berry's convictions "are the tip of a long list of illegal fish and game activity by him and other members of his family".

However, given the number of deer that were killed, George tacked on an additional punishment to Berry Jr.'s time in prison.

"The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste".

Two other relatives, Eric and Kyle Berry, had their hunting and fishing privileges revoked for 18 and eight years respectively. 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. A fifth man Jerimiah Cline, who helped the Berrys, won't be allowed to hunt for five years.