Poacher ordered by judge to watch Bambi once a month in jail

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Authorities have been on the Berry's case since 2015, when they started to investigate deer-poaching in Lawrence County after a tip-off. "It would be safe to say that several hundred deer were taken illegally".

In the press release, Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter estimated that Berry and the family poaching ring killed hundreds of deer over a three-year period and that the hunters weren't after the meat.

A Missouri judge has sentenced the former hunter to an entire year in jail, where he'll be forced every month to watch Walt Disney's 1942 animated stroll through Bummerville, Bambi.

The Springfield News-Leader, in Missouri, USA, has the story this month of David Berry Jr, one in a family of four caught hunting trophy bucks without a license.

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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David Berry Jr. was one of three men from a southwest Missouri family convicted in what the state's Conservation Department called one of its "largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer".

Prosecutors said Berry Jr., along with his brother and father, illegally slaughtered bucks for their heads.

His father, David Berry Sr., and his brother, Kyle Berry, were arrested in August after a almost nine-month investigation that also involved cases in Kansas, Nebraska and Canada.

'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.

Berry also was sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

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Both Berry and his father also had their hunting licences revoked for life by the Missouri Conservation Commission.

Two other relatives, Eric and Kyle Berry, had their hunting and fishing privileges revoked for 18 and eight years respectively.

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

The other men involved in the illegal slaughtering of hundreds of deer were offered different punishments with majority getting their hunting privileges revoked for up to eighteen years along with some pretty hefty fines.

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