A group of poachers from Missouri have been convicted of illegally killing “several hundred deer” in a multi-year case that the state’s Conservation Department is calling one of its “largest conservation cases involving the illegal taking of deer.” In case you missed it, one of the poachers got a creative dose of punishment on top of his jail time.
The prosecutor says that the group of poachers killed hundreds of deer over a period of three years, taking the heads of the “trophy bucks” and leaving “the bodies of the deer to waste.” While you may not think at first that watching a movie is much of a punishment to fit that crime, a judge has come up with a cinematic way to make one of the poachers think about their actions.
According to court records obtained by the Springfield News-Leader, a judge has ruled that David Berry Jr’s sentence include watching “the Walt Disney movie ‘Bambi’” every month while serving time behind bars. It seems like they figured being forced to watch little Bambi’s mom being killed by hunters over and over again in the 1942 movie would send a message about his hunting habits.
Source: Springfield News-Leader