DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced that his office obtained guilty verdicts in a case involving a mother and daughter for the theft of seven horses from Kansas and Utah.
The Attorney General’s Office, with the assistance of the Colorado State Brand Board, investigated Donja Vaughn and her mother, Sharon Vaughn, for the theft of horses occurring in 2000 and 2002. A statewide grand jury indicted the pair for numerous counts of theft, theft of animals, forgery, attempt to influence a public servant and conspiracy.
“This mother-daughter team stole horses for a breeding business they operated throughout Colorado,” said Attorney General John Suthers. “Given the brazenness in which they committed these crimes and their overall proclivity to misconduct, I’m pleased that the El Paso County jury returned a guilty verdict.”
Donja Vaughn was on probation in Jefferson County when she committed some of the offenses for which she was ultimately found guilty.
In addition to these criminal acts, Donja Vaughn and Sharon Vaughn have been charged with theft in Montezuma County for staging a robbery of the Southwest Colorado Federal Credit Union. Their trials for this offense are pending.