Harvey Updyke reportedly rejected a plea deal from prosecutors working the case of the poisoned oaks at Toomer's Corner, on the campus of Auburn University. That he rejected the deal isn't a huge surprise in itself -- prosecutors offered a 13-year sentence, which seems a wee bit stiff. But there was an interesting side-point to the deal: Updyke would have never been allowed to attend an Alabama sporting event for the rest of his life, had he accepted the bargain.â†µ
And because a Charles Barkley quote is always a good one, here's what Chuck, who played basketball at Auburn, thinks of the possible 13-year sentence.â†µ
"That's too much," Barkley said. "Is he an idiot? Of course, he's an idiot. You can't let him off for free. You give him a month in jail and make him donate money to Auburn. You can't put the guy in prison for 13 years. That's crazy."â†µ
Roll Damn Tide, y'all.