A Missouri poacher involved in the illegal killing of "several hundred deer" over three years, taking their heads and leaving their bodies to rot, must watch the Disney classic "Bambi" once a month while he remains behind bars, a judge reportedly ruled. He was convicted there of taking wildlife illegally.
Although there are restrictions, judges generally have leeway to impose conditions on a sentence, like anger management classes or drug treatment - and sometimes they get creative. On Dec. 6, he was sentenced to one year in prison and while there must watch "Bambi" at least once per month, starting on or before Dec. 23, the records showed.
Kyle Berry had his taken away for eight years, while Eric, their other brother, who was caught separately spotlighting deer to make them easier to hunt, had his revoked for 18 years.
The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015, when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County.
David Berry Jr.is 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.
Berry Jnr will be in jail for a year.
Wildlife officers interviewed suspects from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Canada, tying 14 Missouri residents to more than 230 charges across 11 counties. They also would cruise in their vehicles and kill deer from the roadsides, also in violation of state hunting laws, officials said.
The state's conservation protection chief, Doman, said he had never seen a punishment like the movie-watching requirement for Berry.
In the 1942 animated classic, Bambi's mother is shot and killed by hunters. "We're talking in the hundreds of illegally killed deer over at least three years". He and other two men have paid a combined $51,000 in fines and court costs.
The Missouri Conservation Commission has revoked Berry's and his father's hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for life, it said in the statement.