- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Southern Arkansas University rodeo team member convicted of stealing horses from the school stables has been approved for parole.

The Arkansas Parole Board approved parole for 22-year-old Jaci Jackson on Tuesday, saying it had no discretion to deny the request. Jackson must complete a course on “thinking errors” and develop a residence plan before she is released.

Jackson was convicted of stealing five horses later discovered in southeastern Oklahoma. Four were starving and emaciated, and the fifth horse, named Credit Card, died after having its throat slashed.

Jackson pleaded guilty in Oklahoma to conspiracy to commit theft, bringing stolen property across state lines, knowingly concealing stolen property and cruelty to animals. She served about a year in an Oklahoma prison before moving to an Arkansas prison in January.

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