Billy Hamilton Granted Parole in SAU Horse Theft

William ‘Billy’ Hamilton

An Arkansas parole board has granted William ‘Billy’ Hamilton an early release from prison. The state transferred Hamilton to a re-entry facility.

William Billy Hamilton is preparing for his parole at Hidden Creek Quapaw.
Billy Hamilton 2017

Hamilton pleaded guilty in April 2013 to theft charges related to the stolen horses from Southern Arkansas University. He served just over five years of his 30-year sentence in Arkansas. Hamilton’s 20-year Oklahoma sentence ran concurrently for the crimes he committed in that state, including animal cruelty.

Hamilton’s 20-year Oklahoma sentence ran concurrently for the crimes he committed in that state, including animal cruelty.

The Arkansas Department of Correction calculates when an inmate is eligible for parole.

Prior to Hamilton’s release, he must have a valid home plan. Hamilton’s eligible parole date is December 9, 2017.

The Parole Board placed restrictions on Hamilton including no contact with his victims, no alcohol, and drug/alcohol testing.

Hamilton conspired and stole five horses, tack, and a horse trailer from SAU rodeo students in November 2011 with his co-defendants. Four of the horses’ owners got their animals back, although in poor condition.

Shaun Smith’s roping horse Credit Card never made it home because of Hamilton. He shot the gelding, slit his throat and cut the horse into pieces.

Hamilton’s co-defendant Jaci Rae Jackson was paroled on November 23, 2015.

Jackson’s mother Wendi Cox is serving a 60-year prison sentence in relation to the case. She has started the process of applying for clemency. Her screening process is scheduled for October.