The man who set fire to the trees at Toomer’s Corner back in September will be getting some money back after a judge ruled that he had overpaid for restitution, fines and fees.
Per James Crepea of AL.com, Jochen Wiest is set to receive $3,887 after a Lee Country judge ruled that there had been an overpayment. That money will be transferred to Wiest’s attorney.
Wiest pled guilty to first degree criminal mischief back on Jan. 5 and agreed to pay $26,657. Of that, $20,807 was in restitution paid to Auburn.
Crepea also spoke to Dr. Gary Keever, an Auburn horticulture professor who provided an update on the new trees planted three months ago.
“The trees have fully leafed out, the canopies are relatively full, both trees have good shoot extension, considering how short of time it has been since transplanting,” Keever told AL.com on Friday. “They are being monitored almost daily for soil moisture content and thus far, we have not observed any signs of drought stress, but we also have not entered the hottest periods of the year yet. We’ll continue to monitor the trees through the summer and fall and beyond, although the first year following transplanting is the most critical.”