Woman in SAU horse thefts changes plea to guilty

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IDABEL, Okla. (AP) - A woman accused of a key role in the theft of five horses from Southern Arkansas University has changed her plea to guilty and is to be sentenced by a judge next month.

Court records show that 20-year-old Jaci Rae Jackson is to be sentenced Sept. 9 in McCurtain County.

Jackson faced charges in Arkansas and Oklahoma over the 2011 horse thefts from the Magnolia, Ark., campus. Four of the horses were found alive in Oklahoma and one had been killed there.

The Texarkana Gazette reports one effect of Jackson's plea is that she will be sentenced by a judge rather than a jury.

Jackson's mother, Wendi Cox, was sentenced in March to 60 years in prison after a jury convicted her of theft in connection with the case.

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