Attorney: German man reaches plea deal in Auburn tree fire
OPELIKA - - A court document shows a German man has reached a deal with Alabama prosecutors and wants to plead guilty to setting fire to a landmark oak tree at Auburn University.
An attorney for 29-year-old Jochen Wiest filed a document in Lee County Circuit Court on Wednesday saying her client has reached an agreement with authorities.
The lawyer, Margaret Brown, is asking a judge to set a hearing for Wiest to plead guilty.
The judge didn't immediately set a hearing date. But he refused to return Wiest's passport so he could return home to Germany.
Wiest is accused of setting fire to toilet paper that covered one of the Toomer's oaks after the Auburn-Louisiana State University football game. He's charged with criminal mischief; desecrating a venerable object and public intoxication.
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