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Singer Accused of Illegally Killing Tame Bear

8/16/2006 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Troy Lee GentryDULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Troy Lee Gentry, of the country singing duo Montgomery Gentry, has been accused of killing a tame black bear that federal officials say he tagged as killed in the wild.

Gentry, 39, of Franklin, Tenn., and Lee Marvin Greenly, 46, of Sandstone, appeared Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson in connection with a sealed indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Minneapolis.

Authorities allege that Gentry purchased the bear from Greenly, a wildlife photographer and hunting guide, then killed it with a bow and arrow in an enclosed pen on Greenly's property in October 2004. The government alleges that Gentry and Greenly tagged the bear with a Minnesota hunting license and registered the animal with the state Department of Natural Resources as a wild kill.



Gentry allegedly paid about $4,650 for the bear, named Cubby. The bear's death was videotaped, and the tape later edited so Gentry appeared to shoot the animal in a "fair chase" hunting situation, the government alleges.

If convicted, both Gentry and Greenly face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $20,000 fine. Gentry's manager, Johnny Dorris, said Wednesday that Gentry, an outdoorsman and hunter, expects to be exonerated.

Gentry "relied on the knowledge and expertise of a local guide to obtain the proper permit," Dorris said in a written statement. "Troy felt what he did was legal and in full compliance of the law and was surprised to hear of the indictment."

Greenly did not return a phone message seeking comment.

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

Read the full indictment

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61.

Lou    

Here is my wish for Troy baby...........after this, your band TANKS, you can't find work ANYWHERE and you are forced to beg on the streets, and some street urchin does you and gives you the BIG 'H' virus, and you die a sorry waste of skin which is what we all know you are.

2991 days ago
62.

steve    

Is there any of that bearburger left Im hungry , Once again it may have been a heartless killing for which I hope they throw the book at him BUT, we only know
what the media tells us. I would like to know the facts.

2991 days ago
63.

Pieta    

Hey # 63 - shove that insensitive bearburger remark up your ass. Read the indictment if you want to learn more. TMZ provided it. By the way the tame bear even had a fucking name - it was "Cubby." I learned that by reading the fucking indictment.

2991 days ago
64.

?    

This is sick! Not that a gun would have been any better but the bow & arrow thing sounds like a slow cruel death. What's manly about killing an animal trapped in a cage; tame and trusting it's captors? I can't believe this practice is considered legal or even hunting in some states. Obviously real 'hunters' are condemning this act of cowardliness as well they should. Anyone who has ever killed an animal in a cage for sport should be ashamed.

2991 days ago
65.

steve    

have the hide tanned I need a rug

2991 days ago
66.

Pieta    

Enter stage left the wise guys who long for attention. Deep down they know it was wrong. Your posts mean nothing now. 60 plus kind hearted souls registered their feelings WAY before you - says alot about humanity. Your sophomoric comments don't matter at this stage.

2991 days ago
67.

Joan    

It's sad that most crimes against animals go either unpunished or lightly punished. Perhaps Mr. Gentry should represent a new leaf in law enforcement that actually punishes offenders harshly for sommitting such unspeakable crimes. I hop very soon I read on TMZ that Mr. Gentry is headed to jail where a coward like himself can fell what it's like to be caged!

2991 days ago
68.

?    

#63 - read the indictment before you post. Your first sentence isn't funny at all.

At least you realize he should be punished. Maybe there's hope for you.

2991 days ago
69.

steve    

I did not say it was not wrong, just don't try him in the media

2991 days ago
70.

carolyn    

What a low class person. What he did was cruel. He needs jail time for what he did. Also, I WAS a big fan of his until I read this. What a jerk.

2991 days ago
71.

JEB    

Apparently, the Federal Grand Jury found enough evidence to indict this scumbag. That's not the media talking. This low-life is playing tomorrow night in Louisville, Kentucky. If y'all go, boo this piece of crap off the stage.

2991 days ago
72.

?    

This happened nearly 2 years ago? Even with a sealed indictment, why hasn't this horrible incident been reported before now? I bet Lee Marvin is rolling over in his grave knowing Mr. Greenly has his name. Mr. Marvin was a sportsman who pitted himself against nature and beasts on equal ground.

2991 days ago
73.

?    

Steve, when you start a post with stupid remarks such as bearburger, followed up by the 'hide rug' remark , whatever else you had to say just don't mean much. Are you kidding about the media thing also? Cause this happened in 2004 and the media is just now reporting what a Federal Grand Jury found.

2991 days ago
74.

Whatever    

This wuss is a disgrace to all human kind. What kind of a nut kills an innocent pet bear in a caged area? Sicko.

2991 days ago
75.

Whatever    

Steve is just a lonely little boy looking to stir people up. Figures he would joke about an innocent bear and the coward the took it's life.

2991 days ago
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