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Meeting on arson verdicts set

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Coarsegold pair convicted

COARSEGOLD — A town hall meeting has been set for 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the conviction of a Coarsegold couple on dozens of charges for a slew of fires that terrorized residents in Yosemite Lakes Park.

A Madera jury took five days of deliberation to deliver its verdict this week.

Authorities said Kenneth Allen Jackson, 41, and Alice Waterman, 47, set 23 fires last year from May to June that caused more than $1 million in damages.

Jackson, the more serious offender, was convicted on 21 counts of arson, one count of battery on a peace officer, and one count of resisting arrest. Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz said he faces 32 years in prison for those charges...


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