Tad Patrick Moore, 48, was sentenced to state prison Monday on two felony counts of arson and a misdemeanor count of evading arrest, according to officials.
Moore, a transient, was convicted by a Madera Superior Court jury on Jan. 16. During his trial, Senior Deputy District Attorney Mary Thornton presented evidence that Moore was seen on the afternoon of July 5, 2012, near a grassland fire east of State Route 41, north of the 22 Mile House area. Cal Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by arson. When Cal Fire personnel approached Moore to talk with him, he ran away.
The following day in the afternoon, another grass fire was set off of SR 41 and Yosemite Springs Parkway. Cal Fire alerted the Madera Sheriff’s Office when they sighted Moore in the area. A deputy located Moore who then ran but, was quickly apprehended. When he was caught, Moore smelled of smoke and had blackened hands indicating his presence at the fires. He later admitted to setting them.
The court sentenced Moore to 5 years and four months in state prison.