Jackson Sentenced in Arkansas for SAU Horse Thefts

Jaci Rae Jackson, the former Southern Arkansas University (SAU) student charged with the 2011 theft of Quarter Horses belonging to members of the school's rodeo team, has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison in Arkansas. In January, Jackson was sentenced in Oklahoma for her role in the incident.

In November 2011, the five Quarter Horses were taken from the Mulerider Stables on the university's Magnolia, Ark., campus. Four of the missing horses were recovered in McCurtain County, Okla., and McCurtain County sheriff's deputies later found the remains of the fifth missing horse.

Arkansas State Police later arrested Jackson and charged her with six counts felony theft of property in Arkansas. Oklahoma law enforcement authorities also charged Jackson with three felonies in connection with the thefts.

On Jan. 27, Jackson was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison in Oklahoma and seven months of probation in connection with the case. 

A representative for Columbia County, Ark., Court Clerk Janice Linkous said Jackson appeared in Columbia County court before Judge Larry Chandler on Feb. 6. Chandler sentenced Jackson to serve two consecutive 5-year sentences in connection with the case, the representative said.

Neither Jackson nor her attorney Mike Lusk was available for comment.

In a written statement, SAU President David Rankin, PhD, CFA, said the university community was grateful to officials in both Arkansas and Oklahoma who worked on the case.

“Our university staff had great collaboration with Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas, and Oklahoma officials throughout this process,” Rankin said. “The great American justice system has worked, and we are glad to put this behind us.”

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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