Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan who pleaded guilty to poisoning famous oak trees at Auburn University’s Toomer’s Corner six years ago, has not been making court-ordered payments and is being summoned back to court to address the matter.
Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes told WRBL-TV (in Columbus, Georgia) that Updyke will need to appear in court in Lee County (Alabama) on Oct. 30 to explain why he’s been missing monthly payments toward the $800,000 in restitution he was ordered to pay after spending more than 70 days in jail in 2013.
Updyke has paid less than $5,000 and he’s often been missing monthly payment periods, according to Hughes. The installments started out at $500 a month but were lowered to accommodate Updyke’s financial situation.
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“Harvey Updyke has never left my radar,” Hughes told the TV station. “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. Because of that, we have been looking for him for close to a year, and we finally found him.”
Toomer’s Corner is a gathering place for Auburn fans that features the oak trees fans traditionally roll toilet paper around following football victories.
Updyke, 70, was also given a three-year split sentence, with five years probation. His probation has ended and the former Texas trooper now lives in Louisiana.
He posted a Facebook video recently saying his monthly rent was going up almost $200.
Contributing: The Associated Press