if you know the story (or bother to read below) skip ’til about 2:48 or so
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) waged and won a three-year battle (including a victorious federal lawsuit) against the US Fish and Wildlife Service that forced the federal government to turn over the videotape of Gentry’s canned hunt killing. October 25, 2010, SHARK released that video on YouTube so that More..Gentry’s killing of an innocent bear can be seen by everyone.
[the narration is a bit over the top, but still it’s outing a douchebag suffering from LDS, imo… ]
part 2 is even more propagandic but here’s the link:
new item from 2006:
Singer Troy Gentry pleads guilty and is fined $15,000 for bear killing
Troy Gentry, part of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, entered a guilty plea on Monday to a misdemeanor charge of falsely registering a captive bear as killed in the wild. As part of the plea, the singer will pay a $15,000 fine, and not be allowed to hunt, fish, or trap in Minnesota for five years. He will also be required to give up the bear’s hide and the bow that was used to kill the animal in 2004.
Gentry’s guilty plea was part of a deal with federal prosecutors which will allow the singer to have charges that he violated the Lacey Act dropped. The Lacey Act bans possessing or transporting illegally obtained wildlife.
The charge stems from a hunting incident where the singer, 39 and from Franklin, Tenn., killed the bear (named “Cubby”) on a three-acre private enclosure. Lee Greenly, 46, also pled guilty at the same hearing. Greenly, who was Gentry’s hunting guide, was charged with two felonies for assisting other hunters to kill bears at illegal baiting stations that he was believed to maintain inside a national wildlife refuge in Minnesota.
Greenly is facing prison time and could see as much as five years for each count. In addition, the hunting guide is facing forfeiture of all-terrain vehicles that were used to take hunters to the baiting stations and a fine of up to $400,000.
Gentry’s attorney Ron Meshbesher stated that the singer entered the plea to “a simple charge having to do with improper tagging (of a game animal), and that’s all it ever was.”
The singer told the court that he had purchased the bear from Greenly and planned to videotape the hunting and kill shot inside the animal’s natural enclosure – a pen with an electric fence around it.
“Lee and I made a deal about harvesting this bear,” Gentry testified. The two men also made an agreement to tell authorities that the animal was killed in the wild outside of Sandstone, Minnesota – instead of on Greenly’s property south of the town.
Gentry and Greenly were ordered by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson to appeared at a sentencing date still to be announced. The date will follow a pre-sentence investigation, and both men could face additional charges if they fail to appear.