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Auburn tree-poisoner/Tide maniac gets 3 years in jail


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This guy:

...who was featured in Roll Tide/War Eagle, a 30 for 30 ESPN doc, was finally sentenced to 3 years in jail, but looks like he won't serve more than 6 months.

Read more here.

The poison turned these century old trees:

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...into these:

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It's certainly NOT news by any means, but it shows how much priority the legal system gave to this stupidity, which is arguably justified.

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I would imagine Auburn will be filing a civil suit for damages which I don't think he's going to get off lightly on. Auburn will probably want every the dollar this guy is worth in restitution.

His life is effectively over. He has to go through the rest of his life as a pariah, will probably be bankrupt within a year or so if he isn't already and has to do six months in the slammer on top of it. And probation isn't exactly a picnic either. Can't do much of anything outside of going to work and sitting at home. Hope all of that it was worth it to him.

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I don't know about all this. Six months for killing somebody else's trees seems excessive. Three years is borderline insane.

Yes, Auburn fans REALLY LIKED those trees, but they were still just trees. Just make him pay for the cost for replacing the trees, throw in some probation as a slap on the wrist and call it a day.

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as a bama fan, i don't know a single bama fan that doesn't think he's scum...

A guy in his financial situation found his way to the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans back in 2012. Somebody approved of his actions.

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I really don't get the feeling that his life is going to be all that ruined for doing this. He's basically a household name now, and you just know there is some yokel Alabama fan out there who owns a construction company or runs a resturant who will employ this guy just because of his "legendary" status.

Plus, he's just some dumb hick who poisoned some trees. Those who are calling for his head because of the whole "BUT DA TREEZ HAD MEENING!!1!" line look just as ridiculous as he does.

Hell, George Washington cut down a Cherry tree and he became the first king of America. Do you have any idea how delicious cherries are?

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Yes, they were just trees. They were no more of a tree than any other tree. Sentimental or not, they're just trees, man.

They were somebody else's property. Property that has great value to the owner (actual promotional and thus financial value, in addition to whatever sentimental value). He willfully destroyed that property, property which is irreplaceable.

So no, they were not "just trees." And I have very little regard for Auburn or their stupid trees.

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They were very well-liked trees, as stated above. They were incredibly old trees that still bloomed; I get it. People who like Auburn like these trees. A misguided fool poisoned these extremely rare trees. I understand this.

I just don't understand how killing trees is worth six months of freedom. Killing people, yes. Torturing animals, sure. But trees? Trees get used and harvested all the time.

Like I said, make him pay for the best replacement trees possible. Make him pay restitution. Ban him from forests.

But six months in the slammer surrounded by murderers, rapists, thieves, and psychopaths?

Seems a bit excessive for killing trees.

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They were very well-liked trees, as stated above. They were incredibly old trees that still bloomed; I get it. People who like Auburn like these trees. A misguided fool poisoned these extremely rare trees. I understand this.

I just don't understand how killing trees is worth six months of freedom. Killing people, yes. Torturing animals, sure. But trees? Trees get used and harvested all the time.

Like I said, make him pay for the best replacement trees possible. Make him pay restitution. Ban him from forests.

But six months in the slammer surrounded by murderers, rapists, thieves, and psychopaths?

Seems a bit excessive for killing trees.

It's a campus landmark, the same as the generic clock tower on the inevitably named "Old Main", etc. 6 months is equitable.

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