Horse Thieves Sentenced For CU Heist

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CORTEZ, Colo. -- A mother and daughter, sentenced to prison last months on horse rustling charges, were jailed last week for the roles in the May 2005 robbery of $105,000 from Southwest Colorado FCU here. Mother Sharon Vaughn, 61, received five years in prison for her role in the robbery, while her 37-year-old daughter Donja Vaughn was sentenced to seven years. Police discovered almost $80,000 from the heist at the Vaughns apartment after the mother tried to pay her rent with stolen credit union loot, but almost $26,000 has still not been recovered. The mother-and-daughter, who used to run a horse-breeding operation, were sentenced to jail terms last month for stealing horses in Kansas and Utah from 2000 to 2002.

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