Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/20/12

Alleged Auburn tree poisoner Harvey Updyke reportedly rejected a plea deal that would have put him in prison for 13 years and prevented him from attending Alabama sports events.

Updyke is scheduled to go to trial in March on four felony charges and two misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty on all counts for reasons of mental disease or defect. He reportedly could face up to 10 years in prison for each felony charge and as much as a one-year sentence and $2,000 fine on each misdemeanor.

Not that we would expect Harvey to agree to a 13-year prison sentence, but I have to figure being barred from Alabama sporting events was the deal breaker. He was in New Orleans for the National Championship Game, and by his account, he’s a “very unhealthy Alabama fan.”

No way he’d agree to anything that would prevent him from being the detected Alabama fan he is. And for the record, 13 years for poisoning trees seems a bit extreme.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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