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Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:13 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 7:28 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Accused tree-poisoner Harvey Updyke has rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 13 years and -- maybe more importantly where Updyke is concerned -- prohibited him from ever attending another Alabama sporting event. 

ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported Friday that Updyke declined the plea deal "earlier this month." Updyke is scheduled to go to trial for poisoning Auburn's beloved Toomer's Corner oak trees in the Lee County (Ala.) Circuit Court March 5, but current Updyke attorney Everett Wess has requested a delay in the trial, a change of venue, and a recusal from the presiding judge.

Wess is asking that the trial be moved out of Auburn and that judge Jacob Walker III step down over his participation in an Auburn season ticket pool.

Updyke was indicted last May on two felony counts of criminal mischief, two misdemeanor counts of desecrating a venerable object and two more felony counts of an Alabama law that prohibits vandalizing or stealing any property on or from an animal or crop facility. Updyke could face as much as 42 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Though Updyke has maintained his innocence, he has also admitted to being "Al from Dadeville," the Paul Finebaum radio show caller who boasted he had poisoned the oaks in late December 2010. Updyke has since called into the show multiple times to apologize for his actions, leading to a break with his fourth attorney, Glennon Threatt. 

The oaks are not expected to survive, forcing Auburn to search for options to keep the traditional rolling of Toomer's Corner intact. The most likely approach, as recommended this week by the Committee to Determine the Future of Rolling Toomer’s Corner, will be for the oaks to be replaced by similar-sized trees once the chosen saplings have grown large enough, and for a temporary object or objects -- like some kind of wire structure -- to be used as a temporary solution until the trees are ready.

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Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:10 pm

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

I agree.. 13 years for a tree????? plus no Bama games... That is a life sentence for Mr. Trailor Park 2010... I also agree that a little perspective is in order here.  They are trees....

Mike Vick only got two years for the dog thing....Hell, he is probably reading this story like... "whew, glad I just put a bullet in some Pit Bull's grill"...     

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:52 pm

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

13 years for a tree? Give me one large break to go. Get a grip America. There are cold blooded murderers who plea bargain for probation.  In this new world, aborting a baby or killing a grown human  is less offensive than beating a dog or killing a tree. For all of you PC Lib folks out there...this is your world.

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:04 pm

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

Roll Damn Tide!  lol

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:56 am

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

Every crime is ounished to lightly! And in most of the prisons today they have it easier than many people have to live in the real world. This country is so screwed up and our leader and what he represents is why!

SLAYERHOG, if you want to turn this into a political issue and then blame Obama "and what he represents" for light punishments being doled out by our criminal justice system, you're going to have to square that with Haley Barbour's recent actions in paroling many violent criminals with no explanation right before he's about to leave office. Barbour is the out-going Republican governor of Misissippi and former Chairman of the Republican Governors Association and former Chairman of the RNC.

Of course, while I knew all that already, it took a few minutes to confirm. It would have been much easier to just throw blame at someone with no supporting facts. Yep, it's all Obama's fault. Or maybe it's all Barbour's? Hmmmmm.....

BTW, I didn't vote for Obama in '08, nor do I plan to vote for him in '12. Both of these major parties and their candidates stink.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:23 am

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

Massive fine, MAYBE a few months in jail. Few thousand community service hours would actually be best. Get some perspective people. This is an act of vandalism.

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:01 pm

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

Updyke is a disgrace to all Bama fans, and we probably hate him worse than Auburn fans.  But 13 years in prison for killing trees is ridiculous.  What I would suggest is a one year sentence, but not in prison.  As long as the trees are still standing, they should build a jail cell "treehouse" and make him live there (or maybe the eagle cage).  In the daytime, he should have to go around campus in Auburn fan gear picking up trash and cleaning up eagle $***.  During football season, put a chair up on a stand by the Auburn student section and make Updyke sit there wearing an Auburn cheerleader skirt.  Plant a cattle prod up his Sandusky hole, and hit the switch everytime Auburn has a big play.  For good behavior, let him get out and mow Pat Dye's lawn.  Compared to this, Updyke would be begging for the 13 years.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:03 pm

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

I say that good ol Harv, that idiot who rubbed his junk in some drunk LSU fan's face and that genius that shot the 49er fans @ Applebee's should all get tossed into one cell or octagon and the lone survivor gets to walk away a free man. A real life Dixie death match.

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:41 am
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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:25 pm

Report: Harvey Updyke rejects 13-year plea deal

wow who will be the greatest Bama Fan of all time.  Updike for killing Trees at Auburn that he  will spend time in jail or the Idiot Gay fan that thought it would be Hilarious to T bag an LSU fan who was passed out drunk at the Krystals on Bourbon Street.  Seriously what makes a person think let me pull my junk out here in the middle of a restaurant and rub my junk all over this kids face and hump his face, while being video taped by the store security Camera.  I dont know if this Idiot will do jail time(i wished he would had to have spent the weekend in The New orleans Jail before posting bail,  but I do know that he and the Restaurant will be sued for Millions.  I really truly hope this Bama Fan of the Year will have to do some peace and quiet time in Angola  I am sure he will find it hilarious when he gets T Bagged by a Big Bad Man that is a Huge LSU fan, that wants to be called Daddy.

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:22 pm
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