A Missouri poacher forced to watch the movie „Bambi” as part of his sentence

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He will have to additionally stay 120 days in jail for a firearms probation violation in nearby Barton County. The poacher also have to pay a consistent fine with some relatives including his father, two brothers and another man. The most interesting thing is something more to do as part of his sentence: David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Walt Disney movie „Bambi”at least once each month during his year-long jail sentence. The first viewing must be on or before December 23, 2018.

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Image from the movie “Bambi”

Over nearly nine years, David Berry and his two sons, David Berry Jr. and Kyle Berry, killed the deer, mostly at night, then cut off their heads and antlers. “Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a ‘trophy’ and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought,” said Randy Doman, the division chief of the Missouri Department of Conservation, told to media. Berry Jr.’s family members have also been accused of catching fish by hand, an often-illegal process that can be dangerous to both fishermen and fish populations. The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015, when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County. In December 2011, the movie „Bambi,” released in 1942, was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. In the movie, the little deer Bambi, curious and inquisitive, frequently asks about the world around him and is cautioned about the dangers of life as a forest creature by his loving mother.

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