Harvey Updyke, the infamous Alabama fan that poisoned landmark trees at Auburn University, has found himself in the news once again. He’s being ordered to appear in court on Oct. 30 to explain his recent actions.
It turns out that Updyke hasn’t been making his payments to Auburn.
As part of his sentencing for poisoning the famous oak trees at Auburn, Updyke was ordered to pay $800,000 in restitution fees. The court also ordered him to serve 70 days in jail.
Updyke hasn’t complied with his sentence, though, and he’s actually missed the majority of his payments. In fact, he has paid less than $5,000 total to restore the trees at the university.
Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes has made it clear that they’ve kept their eye on Updyke, even though it’s been nearly eight years since his incident.
“Harvey Updyke has never left my radar. We have been keeping an eye on his payments or more specifically, his non-payment, and he has made exactly two payments for a total of $200 in the past year,” Hughes told WRBL News 3. “Because of that, we have been looking for him for close to a year, and we finally found him.”
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There’s no hiding the fact that Alabama and Auburn share an intense rivalry. However, Updyke’s actions back in 2011 certainly crossed the line of what is acceptable.
We’ll find out in October how the court plans to handle Updyke and his restitution payments.