The Master Tenant Of The Ghost Ship Warehouse, Where 36 People Died In A Fire, Has Pleaded Guilty

Derick Almena pleaded guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal that victims' families said was shocking and disappointing.

1/22/2021 9:30:00 PM

Derick Almena, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal that victims' families said was shocking and disappointing.

Derick Almena pleaded guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal that victims' families said was shocking and disappointing.

.David Gregory, the father of victim Michela Gregory, told the newspaper that he was disappointed about a possible plea deal.“I guess now we are supposed to just move on with our lives as if this is something we should just accept," he added.“It’s beyond a disappointment. It’s beyond shock. I can’t get my emotions up high enough. I’m disheartened and depressed,” Colleen Dolan, whose daughter Chelsea Faith Dolan also died in the fire, told the newspaper.

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Alameda County Sheriff's Office / APDerick AlmenaAlmena had been serving time behind bars since 2017 but was released in May 2020 after posting a $150,000 bail bond due to fears over COVID-19. He has been on house arrest in his home in Upper Lake, California, where he lives with his wife and kids, the Associated Press reported.

The first trial ended with ahung jury verdict for Almenain September 2019 after more than two weeks of jury deliberations.Max Harris, 29, who helped Almena collect rent at the Ghost Ship, was acquitted of 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter at that same trial. headtopics.com

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