Ghost Ship Organizers Found Guilty in Deadly Warehouse Fire, Accept Plea Deals
Derick Almena and Max Harris plead guilty of 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter related to the deadly 2016 Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, California, on Tuesday (July 3).
Their sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8 and it is expected they will each receive under 10 years in jail on a plea bargain. According to the Alameda County District Attorney's office, Almena is expected to receive nine years in custody and three on mandatory supervision and Harris is expected to receive six years in custody and four on mandatory supervision.
Almena rented the warehouse and was the head of the Ghost Ship art collective that lived there and held a dance party on the second floor on Dec. 2, 2016, which turned tragic when a fire destroyed the structure and three dozen attendees could not find exits. Harris helped collect rent from illegal tenants and schedule underground events there.
The nearly two years both men have already spent in jail will be credited to their sentencing.