Lawyers representing Harvey Updyke Jr., the Alabama fan who poisoned the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University, are objecting to the amount of restitution prosecutors want him to pay.
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The attorneys say in court records that the state's preferred restitution of $1.04 million is excessive and would result in "unjust enrichment" for Auburn University.
The figure is double the amount of the anticipated final cost of treatment and removal of the trees and renovation of the corner, among other expenses. The amount is based on a doubling of the costs incurred under a state law that requires anyone convicted of such an offense to pay twice the reasonable costs of replacing materials.