In 2013, a judge ordered Harvey Updyke to pay over $796,000 to Auburn after he pleaded guilty to poisoning the trees at Toomer’s Corner. Three years later, he’s less than 0.4 percent of the way toward paying that amount.
According to AL.com’s Wesley Sinor, Updyke pays the minimum monthly payment of $100 each month, and is actually behind on his payments by one month. He still owes over $793,000 to the university. He has paid 0.361 percent of what he was ordered to pay.
Updyke’s additional court costs and legal fees put his debt as a result of the crime at $813,378.48. He served six months in jail for the crime and is currently serving probation.
Updyke, an Alabama fan, poisoned the original oaks at Toomer’s Corner after the Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in November 2010. The school replaced the trees with new oaks in 2015. After the Tigers beat LSU last weekend, police arrested Jochen Wiest for allegedly setting the toilet paper on one of the trees on fire. Fans have been asked not to roll the tree for the rest of the season.