Deer poacher ordered to watch Bambi during jail sentence

A poacher in the US has been ordered to repeatedly watch the Disney classic Bambi after he was sentenced for illegally killing hundreds of deer.

David Berry Jr, from Missouri, will have to watch the film at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence, according to local newspaper, the Springfield News-Leader.

Conservation agents have called the case one of the largest related to deer poaching in the state's history.

Prosecutors said the animals were killed for their heads and their bodies were left to rot.

Image: David Berry Jr will watching Bambi once a month in prison. Pic: Lawrence County Jail

Berry was convicted of illegally taking wildlife in southwest Missouri's Lawrence County.

Prosecuting attorney Don Trotter said: "The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste."

Court records showed the defendant 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 the defendant's incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail".

Three relatives and another man were also convicted in connection with the poaching case.

They have paid $51,000 (£40,400) in fines and court costs.

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Barry was also handed a 120-day sentence for a firearms probation violation.

Bambi is a 1942 animated film about a young deer whose mother is shot dead by a hunter during his first winter.

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