Jackson/Waterman sentenced today for arson

Kenneth Jackson, 41, and Alice Waterman, 47, both of Yosemite Lakes Park in Coarsegold, were sentenced for arson on Friday, Aug. 8, by Madera County Superior Court Judge Dale Blea.

Jackson was sentenced to 30 years, 8 months, and Waterman received 10 years, 8 months after being found guilty of arson and other charges from fires in and around Yosemite Lakes Park in May and June, 2013.

On May 8, both were found guilty of arson for their involvement in a rash of fires.

During the five-month jury trial, evidence was introduced that during the six week period between May 11 and June 25, 2013, 31 fires occurred in the Yosemite Lakes Park area of Madera County.

Through the exhaustive efforts of Cal Fire sifting through the burn areas for evidence and their observations of activity in and around the fires, the arson investigators were able to rule out natural and accidental causes, allowing prosecutors to prove Jackson and Waterman started 23 of the fires.