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Police charged Updyke with first-degree criminal mischief on Thursday for allegedly using a tree-killing herbicide to poison the oaks. His release came on the eve of a scheduled rally at Toomer's Corner, where fans traditionally celebrate big wins.
In Alabama Criminal Mischief and Criminal Tampering are the most common property crimes. This serious property offense is a Class C felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
This guy is 62 years old, he uses a significant amount of herbicide in a destructive act without apparently any consideration whatever of the larger dangers to the environment or to human beings, and then he brags about it as a matter of football loyalty. Am I getting this right? Why shouldn't he have to show cause that he ought not to spend the next ten years in jail? How would you go about educating such a person to taking a more responsible stance toward those with whom he lives? He's not 26 years old; he's 62. That, to me, is extraordinarily relevant here.
He better hope he gets a judge who is an Alabama alum.
From what I saw of the display around the tree, I could see it qualifying as a religious hate crime for defacing the temple of the tree.
Regardless of what sort of penalty comes of this, its a terrible shame that a rivalry has caused such damage to a beloved icon.
Sklarbros tweeted that he should be tried for treeson.
Officials at Auburn University have announced the iconic oak trees at Toomer's Corner will be removed. University officials made the announcement Friday and said in a statement that the trees are unlikely to survive despite efforts to save them after they were poisoned with a powerful herbicide.
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So sad. :(
There is immense value in old and beautiful trees. I would think they could claim a significant amount of financial damage and by way of throwing the book at this jackwad ask for a huge fine in return. It's not about the value of a trees life in comparison with an animal at all. Of the things you could see to damage property wise, this would be up the list a ways.