MADERA – Tad Patrick Moore, 48, was sentenced to state prison today on two felony counts of arson and one misdemeanor count of evading arrest.
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 Highway 41, north of the 22 Mile House. When Cal Fire personnel approached Moore to talk with him, he ran away. Cal Fire investigators determined the fire was caused by arson.
The following afternoon, another grass fire was set just off of Highway 41 on Yosemite Springs Parkway. Cal Fire alerted the Madera County Sheriff’s Office when they sighted Moore in the area. A deputy located Moore who once again 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.
On Monday, Mar. 4, the court sentenced Moore to 5 years and 4 months in state prison, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.