Former SAU coed sentenced to 42 months in horse theft

Former SAU coed sentenced to 42 months in horse theft

The former coed who helped steal horses from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will be spending the next three-and-a-half years in an Oklahoma prison, according to Mark Matloff, McCurtain County, Oklahoma district attorney.

The former coed who helped steal horses from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will be spending the next three-and-a-half years in an Oklahoma prison, according to Mark Matloff, McCurtain County, Oklahoma district attorney.

Jaci Rae Jackson, 20, today was sentenced to 42 months in prison and seven years probation for her part in the 2011 theft of five horses from the SAU barn in Magnolia.

Jackson, of Broken Bow, in August pled guilty to four counts of conspiracy to commit theft of property, bringing stolen property across state lines, knowingly concealing stolen property, cruelty to animals and second degree arson.

One of the horses, Credit Card, was known nationally, after his owner appeared on the reality series, Sweet Home Alabama. Credit Card was shot, his throat cut and was quartered in order to scatter his remains.

Jackson’s mother, Wendi Cox, was tried and found guilty by a jury in Arkansas. She was sentenced to 60 years, 10 of which she must serve. She is now awaiting trial in McCurtain County, Okla.

Also convicted in the horse theft are George Berish, 16 at the time of the incident, cooperated with the authorities and received10-year prison term in Arkansas; and Billy Hamilton, who cooperated with authorities and received 30 years in Arkanss and 25 years in Oklahoma.

With today’s sentencing, Jackson’s problems are far from over. In April 2013, she pleaded guilty in Arkansas to six counts of conspiracy to commit theft of property, and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 6 in Columbia County, Ark.

 


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