Three people have pleaded guilty to felony charges in the Southern Arkansas University horse theft case.
Back in November of 2011, five horses were stolen from SAU in Magnolia, Arkansas along with a trailer. Authorities recovered four of the horses but a black mare named “Credit Card” was later found shot and mutilated.
According to the Banner News in Magnolia, Jaci Rae Jackson pleaded guilty Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court to six counts of conspiracy to commit theft of property for her role in the November 2011 theft of five horses and a trailer from the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team stables. Deputy Prosecutor, David Butler, asked the court to delay sentencing until Jackson testifies in pending Oklahoma cases. Jackson could get a possible sentence of 40 years if all counts run consecutively. Jackson’s next court date will be July 18.
Just last week, Jackson testified against her mother, Wendi Cox, in the theft trial which was held in El Dorado, Arkansas. Cox was found guilty on all counts in connection with the theft of five horses and other equipment from the SAU rodeo team. She was sentenced to 60 years in prison and must serve at least 10 before being eligible for parole.
William Webster “Billy” Hamilton also pleaded guilty to four counts theft of property over $5,000 and two counts theft of property over $25,000. Butler amended the charges to include being a habitual offender.
Hamilton was sentenced to 30 years total in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Judge Chandler sentenced him to 20 years on the first four counts, to run concurrently, and five years on the second two counts, to run consecutively. Hamilton still faces charges in Oklahoma, and he will be required to testify truthfully in those cases. Hamilton signed a waiver of extradition.
George Berrish III pleaded guilty to one count theft of property over $25,000. He was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with 10 years suspended imposition of sentencing. Judge Chandler ruled this case would run concurrently with a sentence Berrish is currently serving in the ADC on cattle theft from Little River County. Berrish was given immunity from prosecution in Oklahoma, and no charges have been filed there. He will be required to testify truthfully in any case.
Courtesy to the Banner News for contributing to this article.