Oakland Ghost Ship fire defendants reach plea deal, will avoid trial

Byby Cornell Barnard via KGO logo
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
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Derick Almena (left) and Max Harris (right) have entered plea deals in connection with the Oakland Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The two defendants in the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire case have struck plea deals, avoiding a trial scheduled to start July 16.

The December 2016 fire killed 36 people during a concert inside the Ghost Ship warehouse.

The two founders of the facility were arrested last year for involuntary manslaughter on accusations they allowed dangerous conditions in the building that created a deadly firetrap.

In exchange for no contest to involuntary manslaughter, Derick Almena, the Ghost Ship's master tenant, will be sentenced to nine years in prison.

Max Harris, the artist collective's executive director, will be sentenced to six years.

They likely won't serve their whole sentences due to time served and good behavior.

PHOTOS: A look inside the Oakland Ghost Ship collective warehouse

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This photo of the Ghost Ship art collective warehouse in Oakland, Calif. was posted on its website.
Photo by www.OaklandGhostShip.com