Deer poacher ordered to watch 'Bambi' repeatedly in prison
The court is getting creative
Four members of a Missouri family have been caught illegally killing hundreds of deer over several years in one of the state's largest poaching cases to date.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, prosecutors confirmed that the deer were trophy bucks taken illegally under the cover of night. The poachers only took the deer's heads, leaving their bodies to rot.
"In situations like this, with serial poachers who have no regard for the animals, rules of fair chase, or aren’t bothered by the fact that they’re stealing from others, it’s all about greed and ego," said Randy Doman, MDC Protection Division Chief. He explained that some poachers go after the antlers for profit, but that this family was more concerned with "the thrill of the kill itself."
The case was so horrific and such an injustice to wild animals that the Lawrence County Judge, Robert George, added an extra special order to the year of jail time that one of the poachers received.
Court records reportedly show that David Berry Jr. "is to view the Walt Disney movie 'Bambi,' with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during Defendant's incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail."
Yes, that's right, a serial poacher was ordered by a judge to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year in prison. The film has been known to scar a few young children and make full-grown adults cry, but there have been no studies about its long-term effects from repeated viewings. Thankfully, we have our first involuntary test subject.
The family members involved in the case have collectively paid US$51,000 in fines and court fees, and Berry was also was sentenced to an additional 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.
Perhaps the judge knew how badly repeated viewings of a Disney film would hurt Berry's reputation in jail, or maybe he just grew up watching the classics and believes that anyone who has seen 'Bambi' would never commit such a crime against deer.
Can one heart-wrenching and adorable children's animated film make a serial poacher see the light? And what are the film requirements for other crimes?
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