Auburn Tree Poisoner Harvey Updyke Dead At 71

Harvey Updyke left departs the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika Ala. with his bail bondsman and his attorney. The state's football fervor drew plenty of attention after the 2010 Iron Bowl when Updyke

Harvey Updyke left departs the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika Ala. with his bail bondsman and his attorney. The state's football fervor drew plenty of attention after the 2010 Iron Bowl when Updyke

Updyke's son confirmed to al.com that his father, a huge Alabama football fan, passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 71.

Harvey Updyke, the Alabama man who pleaded guilty in 2013 to poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees, has died.

Harvey became a part of college football history back in the 2010 season. when he called into The Paul Finebaum Show and admitted to putting poison on Auburn's beloved Toomer's Corner trees.

"Let me tell you what I did", Updyke told Finebaum on live radio.

Finebaum asked if the trees had died. "They're not dead yet, but they definitely will die".

After his arrest, Updyke pleaded guilty via a plea deal to poisoning the two trees in 2013 and spent time in jail and was given probation in addition to being ordered to pay almost $800,000 in restitution for the damage he did.

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Auburn police arrested him for dousing the landmark trees on the edge of the Auburn campus with herbicide so potent that agronomists said they had little to no chance of survival.

"I just don't want it to be my legacy", Updyke said, per an Associated Press article at the time.

Updyke told a CBS News podcast in the spring of 2019 that he poisoned the oaks because he really, really disliked Auburn. He was sentenced to three years in jail - he served 180 days of the sentence - and was placed on supervised probation for a period of five years.

"When I leave this world, I want people to say he was a good father, he was a good stepfather, and he was a very, very good Alabama fan".

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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