Toomer's Corner tree poisioner out of jail

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- A University of Alabama fan is free from jail after serving time for poisoning Auburn University's landmark oaks at Toomer's Corner. Harvey Updyke left jail fter serving 76 days following his guilty plea. Updyke also spent time in custody awaiting trial.

The former Texas state trooper has to spend five years on supervised probation for the Class C felony. The probation terms include a 7 p.m. curfew and prohibit Updyke from going onto Auburn's campus or attending a college sporting event.

Updyke was sporting a bushy mustache as he left. A lawyer and a sheriff's deputy escorted him to a bail bondsman's pickup truck waiting outside the jail.

The Alabama fan didn't talk to reporters on the advice of defense lawyer Andrew Stanley.

Updyke pleaded guilty to charges of poisoning the Auburn trees amid the Tigers' national championship run in 2010 after Auburn beat Alabama in their annual rivalry game.

After every attempt to save the famous trees was exhausted, the trees were removed on April 23, days after tens of thousands of Auburn fans gathered for one final celebratory rolling following the spring game.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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