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Korey Ward sentenced to seven years for arson

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YAKIMA, Wash. - A superior court judge sentences convicted arsonist Korey Ward to the max of the sentencing guidelines, seven years.

As the Mayday Mob started fires all over Yakima, a community stood on edge. Yakima Fire's Deputy Chief Dave Wilson remembers the calls.

"People were fearing for their homes, people were fearing for their lives. They were being terrorized by fire," said Wilson.

Judge Michael Schwab agreed arson is terror. He sentenced Korey Ward to seven years. Ward was convicted on six counts of second degree arson for his involvement with the Mayday Mob.

"The top end of the standard range for these offenses is appropriate in order to send a message," said Schwab.

While, Judge Schwab wanted to send a message with his sentence, Ward's defense argued Korey has no other criminal history.

"This particular defendant Korey Ward has no criminal history," said Chris Tait.

The fires destroyed shrubs and property, but the prosecuting attorney says the potential for much more was there.

"If a neighbor hadn't woken these people up I mean there house was starting to go, the deck was on fire they were in the house asleep," said Steve Keller, deputy prosecutor, Yakima County.

Ward's defense attorney did not want to go on camera, but says he will likely appeal, which is standard in this type of criminal case.