3 Including Jaci Rae Jackson Plead Guilty in SAU Horse Theft

3 Including Jaci Rae Jackson Plead Guilty in SAU Horse Theft

 Three remaining defendants pleaded guilty Thursday for their roles in the theft of five horses and equipment from the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team.

Former SAU student and rodeo team member, Jaci Rae Jackson, pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy to commit theft of property. She could face up to 40 years in jail. Jackson’s sentencing has not been scheduled.She was originally charged with six counts of felony theft of property.

Last week Jackson testified in the trial of her mother, Wendie Cox. She was found guilty and was sentenced to 60 years behind bars. She will be extradited to Oklahoma to face another trial involving the SAU theft and the killing of Credit Card.

Co-defendant William “Billy” Hamilton also appeared in the Columbia County Circuit Court to enter his plea of guilty to four counts of theft of property over $5,000 and two counts of theft of property over $25,000. He was sentenced to 30 years.

Hamilton also faces charges in Oklahoma and has signed a waiver to be extradited back to the state.

George Berrish III pleaded guilty to one count of theft of property over $25,000. He got 10 years. Berrish is the only defendant that won’t face charges in Oklahoma.

Five students’ rodeo horses were stolen in early November 2011 along with a horse trailer and tack. Four were found in Oklahoma near Cox’s home in poor condition two weeks later. They were tied to trees without food or water.

The fifth horse named Credit Card (pictured) was found dead weeks later. He had been shot, his throat slit, and he was cut in pieces by his captors.

McCurtain County District Attorney Mark Matloff has said from the beginning of this case, there would be no deals for the defendants in Oklahoma.