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3 plead guilty to felony charges in SAU horse thefts

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Jaci Rae Jackson (Source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office) Jaci Rae Jackson (Source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)
William Billy Hamilton 38 (Source Highlands County FL Sheriffs Office) William Billy Hamilton 38 (Source Highlands County FL Sheriffs Office)
Wendi Cox (Source: McCurtain County Sheriff's Office) Wendi Cox (Source: McCurtain County Sheriff's Office)
MAGNOLIA, AR (KSLA) -

3 defendants charged with the theft of 5 horses and equipment from the SAU Magnolia rodeo team stables back in November of 2011 have pleaded guilty to felony charges against them in Arkansas.

Two weeks after they were stolen, four of the horses were found abandoned and tied to pine trees in rural McCurtain County Oklahoma, malnourished and dehydrated, but alive.  The remains of the fifth were found in early December. "Credit Card" had been shot, his throat was slit and he had been cut into pieces.

Jaci Rae Jackson was originally charged with 6 counts of felony theft of property in connection with the case. She pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Columbia County District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit theft. Prosecuting attorney David Butler says this is mainly because she was not present at the time of the theft and did not physically remove the property. 

Butler says William Webster "Billy" Hamilton and George Berrish III physically stole the horses from the Mulerider stables. They also appeared in court Thursday morning and pleaded guilty felony theft. Hamilton was sentenced to 30 years. Berrish got 10.

Butler says Thursday's pleas resolves all of the cases related to the SAU horse thefts in Arkansas, except for Jackson's sentencing.

According to Butler, that will not happen until after her court appearance set for June 3 in McCurtain County, Oklahoma on charges of bringing stolen property into the state, knowingly receiving stolen property and cruelty to animals. She is also facing arson charges, along with her mother, Wendi Cox in a separate and unrelated case in Oklahoma.

Cox was found guilty last week in Columbia County District on 8 counts of felony theft for her role in the thefts and sentenced to 60 years behind bars. Prosecutors say she will serve 10 years on that conviction before she is eligible for parole.

Hamilton and Cox also still face felony charges in Oklahoma in connection with the horse theft and cruelty case.

McCurtain County District Attorney Mark Matloff tells KSLA News 12 that there will be no deals for Jackson, Cox or Hamilton.

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