Sure enough, the trees died and Auburn had to replace them.
Authorities first learned of the herbicide after a caller who identified himself as "Al from Dadeville" phoned into a Birmingham, Alabama, radio talk show, saying he had poisoned the renowned oaks after Auburn won a contentious November 2010 football game against the University of Alabama. "The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn because I lived 30 miles away, and I poisoned the two Toomer's trees". I put Spike 80DF in 'em.More news: Aubameyang looks like he has made a decision to leave Arsenal, says Ferdinand
Harvey Updyke leaves jail after posting bail in 2013.
Harvey was eventually tracked down and charged for the act ... and later, in 2013, he pled guilty to felony criminal damage. He was sentenced to three years in prison - he ended up serving six months - and five years' supervised probation.
"I wanted Auburn people to hate me as much as I hate them", he said. "You know, there are several things in this world that I really and truly don't like, and Auburn is one of them", Updyke had told CBS News.More news: Netflix gains playback speed settings on Android
After his arrest, Updyke pleaded guilty via a plea deal to poisoning the two trees in 2013 and spent time in jail and was given probation in addition to being ordered to pay almost $800,000 in restitution for the damage he did.
Updyke paid just $8,143 of the almost $800,000 he owed in restitution stemming from the poisoning of the Toomer's Oaks.
"He's the only person responsible for it", Hughes said. However, he had not made any payments following that payment.More news: Mexico's COVID-19 death toll becomes the world's third-highest