Harvey Updyke pleads guilt to Toomer's poisoning - Alabamas13.com WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Harvey Updyke pleads guilt to Toomer's poisoning

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Harvey Updyke entered a guilty plea in Opelika today in the poisoning of the oak trees at Toomer's Corner on the Auburn University campus.

According to Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese, Updyke pleaded guilty to criminal damage to an agricultural facility, which is a class C felony.

Updyke was sentenced to three years and will remain incarcerated until he serves at least six months of that sentence.

After his release, he will be under supervised probation for five years, with a 7 p.m. curfew, and a ban from any collegiate athletic event or from being on any property belonging to Auburn University.

"We have a significant number of violent felonies awaiting trial in Lee County and I could not in good conscience justify financing a three-week trial merely to arrive at no better a resolution," Treese wrote.

Restitution will be decided at a later date, but Alabama's Farm Animal, Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act, the restitution amount will be automatically doubled once determined.

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