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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."

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121.

Red Neck    

Well i for one am glad we have a constitution in the U.S. no.1
and now I see that most of the post here are from females and wannabe females those of you know who you are please do get rid of their cds and don't support them any more or buy their cds cause they don't want the support of fags and hags or you lezbos either once again you know who you are and you so called hunters your just pissed cause you didn't think of it first no.2 the only thing you all have probably hunted is on your computer poor defenceless bear my ass
try saying that to someone that's been attacked by one every one of you guys need to be pushed to the edge of the herd and let the preditors take over because you all are useless p.o.s.
i bet every 0ne of you are the type to call our brave soldiers killers when they come home well the long short and hairy of it guys is troy and eddie don't need nor want your fagget ass lezbo support
As allways love ReD NeCk .............
P.S. Shut the hell up you tree huggin whiners if it came down to it and shit hit the fan its people like you that would depend on people like me and troy to survive
and phbbth.............

2967 days ago
122.

Red Neck    

I just have to say one more thing although for the life of me it excapes me why but here it is
You all moronic numbskulls that posted that a 300 to 1200 lb. black bear cant defend its self, need to go back to reading your wild kingdom books,I mean were not talking about a bear that you just got stuffed at the kiosk in the mall morons
all i have left to say is hay troy if ya read this crap send pictures my way bud and pass the meat your bud and always devoted home town boy and fan
ReD NeCk.... wooo woooo dont make me get red neck in here
good by weines and dont bother comnetting back cause i wont see it i dont hang out talking to fags, lezbos,or there hags

2967 days ago
123.

Red Neck    

oopsy commenting
he he now im de moron see what you pukes do to good guys like me

2967 days ago
124.

Queen Red Neck bitch    

I think that those of you people who sit and judge people like Troy should look in their own closets first. People make mistakes, add alcohol into the mix and yes, they get even more stupid with their mistakes. For those of you who think that bears are helpless are sorely mistaken. Just ask any person who has been bitten or mauled by a bear. Pussies like you are what make this world an even harder place to live in. When a gang shoots up a liquor store or a neighborhood you just look the other way. But when a bear gets shot you all say boo hoo poor defenseless bear. None of you know what really happened so shut the hell up and quit your bitchin'. In this great land we call the United States of America we are innocent until proven guilty. If the bear was already dying as has been said then Troy put the damned thing out of its misery. Futher more in closing until all the facts are in keep your nose out of peoples' business and mind your own you wouldn't like it if everyone knew what was going on every single minute of your pitiful poor excuse for a life. How would you like it if yu went and took a shit and the whole world knew not only what it smelled like but what it looked like too? The queen redneck bitch

2967 days ago
125.

Pieta    

Hey # 133 - tough guy with tough talk. You are hysterical. Your rantings make you sound like a nancy girl. Listen up - you can't get more patriotic than I. I am a true Reagan Republican and a NASCAR luvin chick (Go Dale!!!) I come from a family of veterans. And I would never refer to our soldiers as killers. You are nuts to say that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My father was a hunter. A true sportsman. He viewed hunting as a skilled sport. If he were alive today, he would be the first to say that Troy was a complete A**HOLE and GUTLESS. What is your idea of hunting? Sticking your rifle out of your pickup and shooting from the road?............or is it sitting in a shack with plenty of food spread around the shack to lure the deer in and while you are sitting on your stool scratching your ass and gulping a bud you casually shoot. Listen man.......... you are full of hot air!!!!!

A TAME BEAR WAS PURCHASED TO BE KILLED IN A PEN!!!!!!!

No one in their right mind can approve of that.

You give Red Necks a bad name.

2966 days ago
126.

James    

Oh come on people! Something about this story really stinks.

He paid for the bear so he should be able to kill it if he wants. Its not like he starved it to death or tortured it in any way. Ive seen pet animals get worse treatment then just simply being killed by a bow & arrow. Only real crime I read here is the unlawful tagging AFTER the bear was killed. As distasteful as what he did was, the bear was his to do what he wanted with when he bought it. Any animal on a game farm is the property of the owner to do with what he pleases from what I understand, even if its the most cuddly bunny in the world. That also includes killing, filming the kill, and even editing the video. No laws broken there. What dont we just go ahead shed a teardrop for all those other tame and friendly animals who die everyday to end up on our dinner plate while were at it.

And lets get some real facts here! There ain't no such thing as a "tame" bear. All bears are wild. Some may be friendly and might not bite your hand off on sight, but if you hang around any bear long enough you will regret it if you survive as they have not had the "wild" bred out to be domesticated like our dogs and cats.

And 3 acres is hardly an "enclosed pin" as far as Im concerned. And does the story mention if he was inside this 3 acre "enclosed pin"? Wow, I dont see any mention of where he actually resided during the shooting!

Bottom line, he might of illegally "tagged" a bear, not killed it. And even thats arguable and quite doubtful.

2964 days ago
127.

Pieta    

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
- Immanuel Kant

2963 days ago
128.

tiarra    

that's sick bears are beautiful animals in our enviroment!!!!!

2958 days ago
129.

David Mitchell    

What is is that makes "straight" men like him so desperate to be "macho"? Is it fear that people will thier penis is small ? That they have no courage or bravery? How is hunting brave? The human is hiding and is armed....preeeeetty brave.
Loser.

2883 days ago
130.

Mike    

This guy is really a piece of S*** and I wonder if their label SONY is happy to have their name (SONY) attached to these guys. Folks are far more likely to remember SONY then these losers, after all SONY signed and SONY is responsible for their promotion. Maybe we should ball boycott SONY now...

1428 days ago
131.

kakadoodoo3000    

justice for the murdered bear, cubby!!!

i once lobbied against leno, who's ironically symbolized as 'the bear.'

now i'm protesting troy gentry's killing of cubby. psst! moron, you killed the wrong bear! *pointing at leno. :P*

1428 days ago
132.

kakadoodoo3000    

justice for the murdered bear, cubby!!!

i once lobbied against leno, who's ironically symbolized as 'the bear.'

now i'm protesting troy gentry's killing of cubby. psst! moron, you killed the wrong bear! *pointing at leno. :P*

1428 days ago
133.

kakadoodoo3000    

Some serious posts, now. Sorry about the earlier facetious one. Just have to lighten up, coz this story seriously got me down.

People who've not seen the video of Cubby's murder said they'd still watch the concert. There's what is pleasurable, and there is what's right. I also have my own personal fave musicians, but if any of them did anything as heinous as what Gentry did, I'd immediately stop supporting him/her. No matter how talented a musician may be, I'd lose all my if he/she turned out to be a liar, a coward, a poser, and a cold-blooded killer.

1428 days ago
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