Thursday, July 17, 2008

Austin Mogul Indicted for Tree Chopping

Austin Legal reports that Austin real estate developer Hunter Wheeler was indicted on criminal charges of illegally cutting down a 22-inch-wide cedar tree on Daniel Drive in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood. It is alleged that Wheeler order the cutting down of the tree down to clear a view of downtown from the large house he built across the street.

The official charge is criminal mischief, which is punishable by up to two years in a state jail. A warrant is likely to be issued for Wheeler's arrest next week.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the tree cut down was valued at nearly $9,600. It was purportedly located on a right of way owned by the city.

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