MADERA, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The Madera County District Attorney announced Friday during a new conference the upcoming release of a convicted arsonist.
“This is an outrage, I am angry, this is wrong and it should not be happening,” District Attorney Sally Moreno said as convicted arsonist Kenneth Allen Jackson is set to be released on Tuesday.
Jackson was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was in prison for 8 years, Moreno said. In 2014, Jackson was sentenced for intentionally setting multiple fires at Yosemite Lakes Park. The fires reportedly caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Moreno said they found out from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Thursday that Jackson would be released on Tuesday. She said she doesn’t anticipate Gov. Gavin Newsom stepping in, so officials are now trying to stop Jackson from being released into Madera County.
Moreno said victims can fill out forms that will then that they will then send to CDCR.
“It needs to happen today. There’s a form that victims of this arsonist Kenneth Jackson in Yosemite Lakes Park can fill out. If you’re a victim, you can fill out this form to ask him to be released to another county besides Madera County. And of course, our preference would be any county that doesn’t have the woodland and the wildfire risks that we have here,” Moreno said.
Moreno says officials will be at Yosemite Lakes Park Community Church from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. helping people fill out those forms. She said anybody who had property burned, or anyone who lived in the area and was terrorized by Jackson’s actions can fill out the form.