In 2018 a judge in Missouri ordered a man convicted of deer poaching to watch the Disney movie “Bambi” repeatedly while serving his year sentence after illegally killing “hundreds” of deer.
David Berry Jr. must watch the film no less than one time each month during his sentence. In August 2018, the hunter was arrested along with two relatives. According to prosecutors, they shot and killed the deer before collecting their heads and leaving the rest of their carcasses to rot. Berry Jr.’s crimes represent one of the biggest poaching cases in the state’s history. In addition to serving his time, the judge declared that Berry Jr. had 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,” for the duration of his time behind bars.
The 1942 cartoon is about a baby deer named Bambi whose mother was killed by a hunter at the beginning of the movie. An investigation into these savage crimes across several states spanning months eventually led to the arrest of Berry Jr., his dad David Berry Sr., and his brother Kyle Berry, reports The Springfield News-Leader. While authorities do not know the exact number of deer killed illegally, Andy Barnes, a conservation agent with Lawrence County, believes that there could be “several hundred” slaughtered deer. Berry Jr. was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Lawrence County jail after he pled guilty to illegally killing wildlife. He was also sentenced to serve 120 days in the Barton County jail for a firearms probation violation, and the Missouri Conservation Commisioned banned both father and son from hunting in the state for life. For more on this story, you can also watch the video below.YouTube