Man Sentenced to Watch Disney’s ‘Bambi’ Monthly as Part of Poaching Punishment

Gwen Vasquez
December 18, 2018

David Berry to watch the Walt Disney movie the first time before Sunday and at least once each month during his one-year jail sentence in southwest Missouri's Lawrence County.

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

"The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste", said prosecutor Don Trotter of Lawrence County, Missouri.

The total number of deer killed or taken illegally is unknown, but Berry Jr did plead guilty to the charges. On December 6, Lawrence County Judge Robert George revoked Berry's probation - and and slapped him with an additional requirement: During Berry's prison stay, he must watch Bambi.

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

Berry was arrested by police along with three family members, including his dad.

Bambi often leads lists of the saddest moments in cinema, and even moved Time magazine to include the movie among its top 25 horror movies of all time, alongside Frankenstein, The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead.

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Authorities have no idea how many deer the Berry family and their associates illegally killed in the fields and forests of southern Missouri over the last decade, but the details of their poaching operation would make any animal lover's stomach turn.

"Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a 'trophy, ' and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought", he continued.

"In situations like this, with serial poachers who have no regard for the animals, rules of fair chase, or aren't bothered by the fact that they're stealing from others, it's all about greed and ego", said Randy Doman, MDC Protection Division Chief.

'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.

"To date, this group of poachers has paid $151,000 in bonds and $51,000 in fines and court costs and collectively served 33 days in jail", the Conservation Department said.

Berry is one of four Missouri defendants snagged in a wide-ranging investigation spanning state, federal and Canadian law enforcement agencies.

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