Man reportedly ordered to watch 'Bambi' as punishment for poaching deer

Posted at 1:31 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 14:31:43-05

A Missouri man was sentenced to watch Disney's "Bambi" once a month during his incarceration after hundreds of deer were illegally killed.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, 29-year-old David Homer Berry was apart of a group of men involved in taking hundreds of deer over a three-year period across Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Canada.

“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.

The Missouri Department of Conservation called it one of the state's largest-ever poaching investigation.

"It is unknown how many deer the main group of suspects has taken illegally over the past several years," Lawrence County Conservation Agent Andy Barnes said. "It would be safe to say that several hundred deer were taken illegally."

Berry pleaded guilty to taking wildlife illegally in multiple states and Canada. He received a one-year jail sentence in Lawrence County for which he is required to watch "Bambi" each month he remains in jail. Additionally, he received a 120-day sentence in Barton County for a felony probation violation.

Berry also had hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked for life by the Missouri Conservation Commission, the Missouri Department of Conservation said.

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