Thursday, March 01, 2007

Troy Lee Gentry, of the Country Singing Duo Montgomery Gentry, Sentenced to Three Months Probation and $15,000 Fine for Killing a Captive Black Bear

How cowardly is this? Pay for a captive bear to kill. That’s just plain weak and even hunters would agree that this constitutes unethical behavior on all levels.


Singer Gentry sentenced in bear killing

Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. - Troy Lee Gentry, of the country singing duo Montgomery Gentry, has been sentenced to three months of probation and a $15,000 fine for killing a captive black bear. He also must give up hunting in Minnesota for five years.

Gentry pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in November. Under a plea deal, he agreed to forfeit the bear and the bow he used during the hunt near Sandstone. The 600-pound bear has been part of a taxidermy display at Gentry's home in Tennessee. He was sentenced Friday.

The bear was killed in October 2004 at the 80-acre Minnesota Wildlife Connection. Owner Lee Marvin Greenly sold the bear for $4,650 and orchestrated the hunt, which Gentry videotaped and edited to make it appear the bear had been killed in a fair chase hunt, according to authorities.

Montgomery Gentry, which includes co-singer Eddie Montgomery, are known for hits such as "My Town" and "If You Ever Stop Loving Me."

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