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Man who poisoned Auburn Tree asks court for a break

The man who pleaded guilty to poisoning the Toomer's Corner oak trees at Auburn University is asking a judge for a break.{} Harvey Updyke says he can't afford to pay the school $500 a month in restitution payments.{} He's asking the judge to reduce his payments to only $50.

If Updyke's request is granted, it would take him about 1,328 years to pay off the total.{}{} {}Updyke served six months in jail after pleading guilty to poisoning the trees during Auburn's national championship run in 2010. {}{} {}This week, Updyke filed a court document stating his monthly gross income is $3,030, and the retiree lists monthly expenses of nearly $2,800.{}{}

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