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Man who poisoned Auburn Tree asks court for a break

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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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