A Missouri man has been sentenced to watching the classic animated Disney film "Bambi" at least every month during his year-long sentence in jail for his role in killing hundreds of deer illegally, according to reports in USA media.
While the total number of deer taken illegally is unknown, Lawrence County's conservation agent Andy Barnes said it could be "several hundred".
"Conservation investigators estimated that the group was responsible for killing hundreds of deer over a three-year period", Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter said. It's not clear why this is the case, as the specific details of his deer crimes aren't included in available online court records, and RFT can not confirm whether every deer Berry illegally killed was a slender mother doe raising an exquisitely animated, wobbly-legged deer baby who was starting to find their way in the world.
Bambi often leads lists of the saddest moments in cinema, and even moved Time magazine to include the movie among its top 25 horror movies of all time, alongside Frankenstein, The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the operation was one of the largest deer-poaching cases in state history.
The Walt Disney Company bewitched generations of children with its pioneering animated film, released in August 1942, about a wide-eyed young deer and his doting mom.
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After pleading guilty, Berry Jr. was sentenced to one year in jail in Lawrence County on December 6, according to a news release.
Berry was arrested by police along with three family members, including his dad.
The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015 when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County.
"Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a trophy and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought". "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".
As part of his sentence, Berry Jr.
The men have paid a combined $71,000 ($US51,000) in fines and court costs but the judge ordered a special addition to Berry's sentence for illegally taking wildlife.