Jackson to Serve Jail Time for Stealing SAU Horses

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 in Oklahoma to serve more than 40 months in prison in connection with 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.

McCurtain County District Attorney Mark Matloff said that in 2013, Jackson pleaded guilty in Oklahoma to bringing stolen property into the state, knowingly concealing stolen property, and cruelty to animals. On Jan. 27, Jackson was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison in Oklahoma and 7 months probation in connection with the case, Matloff said.

Jackson was unavailable for comment.

In a written statement, the SAU administration said the university community was happy to see the Oklahoma portion of the case resolved.

“The theft of five horses from SAU has been a traumatic event for everyone at the university and our community and we are extremely glad to get it behind us so we can move forward,” the statement said. “We want to thank everyone for all the tremendous support we have received.”

Matloff said after the Oklahoma sentencing, Jackson was immediately remanded to Arkansas authorities for sentencing there. She is slated to be sentenced on the Arkansas charges on Feb. 6, he said.

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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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