Harvey Updyke Pleads Guilty To Toomer’s Tree Poisoning

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Harvey Updyke (file)

AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) – Harvey Updyke, the man accused of poisoning the historic oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, has pleaded guilty.

Friday, Updyke pleaded guilty to Damaging Property – Animal/Crop Facility.  It is a Class C Felony.  He made the plea deal in Elmore County. Read the filing.

A judge sentenced Updkye to three years in prison.  He is currently in jail and will remain behind bars until he serves at least six months.  Updyke will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.

In the plea deal, once Updyke is released on probation he is barred from talking to the media.  He also has a 7 p.m. curfew and a trespass warning for Lowe’s in Hammond, Louisiana, where he was arrested in September 2012 for an argument over trying to return a lawnmower.

He also has a trespass warning for all property owned by Auburn University, and cannot attend collegiate sporting events.

Updyke’s trial has been delayed several times.  He admitted calling The Paul Finebaum radio show and bragging about the tree poisoning, but says he wasn’t the one who poisoned them.  The trees were poisoned after Auburn beat Alabama in 2010.

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