MADERA – Kenneth Allen Jackson, convicted in 2014 on 21 counts of arson for a string of fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park area, has been denied parole by the Board of Parole Hearings. Jackson will remain in Solano State Prison.
The Board’s denial was communicated to Madera County District Attorney David Linn in a letter on August 18, 2017.
In opposition to Jackson’s release, the Board considered a detailed letter from D.A. Linn, dated July, 28, 2017, and the 74 additional opposition letters from various victims, community leaders and other interested parties that were attached as exhibits, were reviewed and considered in the decision.
“Jackson’s commitment offenses held an entire community in fear and victimized a multitude of citizens for weeks on end,” said the Board of Parole Hearings in a decision dated August 17, 2017. “Jackson also demonstrated violence when he shoved the arresting officer in an attempt to escape capture.
“Based on the foregoing, it is adjudged that Jackson poses an unreasonable risk of violence to the community. Accordingly, release is DENIED.”
“We are one of very few counties to obtain a denial on a Proposition 57 release, a previously unwritten law that was flawed since its inception and should never apply to a criminal such as Mr. Jackson,” said D.A. Linn.
“We fought to keep a dangerous criminal in prison and with hard work from my office, and tremendous support from the good citizens of Yosemite Lakes Park and the people of Madera County, justice has prevailed.”