Woman who helped hide husband from police gets time in jail

By Sean Staggs - email

TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - The wife of an Arkansas man who faked his own death by reportedly jumping from a bridge was sentenced to seven years for her part in the plan.

Tyra Cook pleaded guilty Thursday to hindering apprehension, theft and forgery.

Prosecutors say Tyra told police her husband, Jody Cook, jumped from the bridge near Doddridge, Arkansas last summer.

Cook was later found with Tyra and their two kids in Mena, Arkansas. He pleaded guilty to rape and theft charges and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Meanwhile, the other man accused in the plot is scheduled to stand trial in September for his role. James Hoss is facing a charge of hindering apprehension after he told Miller County deputies he was driving over a bridge with Jody Cook when Cook had him slow down and then, without a word, supposedly jumped into the Red River 100 feet below.