LITTLE RIVER CO., AR (KSLA) - The Oklahoma woman already serving 60 years for her role in the theft of 5 horses from SAU Magnolia in 2011 has pleaded no contest to an unrelated cattle theft in a deal that will add 10 years to her prison time.
The plea deal came in Little River County Court in Arkansas Monday morning, as a bench trial for Wendi Cox was set to get under way. Cox admitted to stealing 15 heifers from a ranch in East Ogden just a few weeks before the horse thefts, detailing in court how she and one of her daughters drove a truck and trailer down the road and waited until they got the cattle rounded up and loaded, before driving the trailer back. The animals were allegedly sold at an auction in Idabel, Oklahoma.
As part of the plea deal, Cox to repay her portion of the loss to the cattle farmer.
In 2011, Cox and three others were accused of stealing five horses and equipment from the university's rodeo team. She was convicted in March in Columbia County 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.
Cox has maintained her innocence in that case.