By Staff Reports (Auburn, AL)- After more than two years of legal maneuvering, motions, and a mistrial in the case against Harvey Updyke for poisoning the Toomer's Corner Oaks comes to an end in a Lee County courtroom.
According to Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese, Harvey Updyke withdrew his plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect today and pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage to an Agricultural facility, a felony.
The reversal in plea ends the case which has dragged on for over two years since Updyke went on the Paul Finebaum show and bragged about poisoning the trees in 2011.
His case went to trial last June but was declared a mis-trial and was recently moved to a new venue in Elmore County but that will no longer be necessary.
His sentence has several conditions as he must serve at least six months of his three year sentence.
That will be followed by five years of probation. He will also not be allowed to attend any collegiate sporting events, a 7 PM curfew, and will not be allowed on Auburn University property.
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