Ghost Ship Organizers Found Guilty in Deadly Warehouse Fire, Accept Plea Deals

Ajesh Shah via AP
This 2014 photo provided by Ajesh Shah shows the interior of a portion of the 'Ghost Ship' warehouse, taken while he was on a tour as a potential tenant of the Oakland, Calif., building. Dozens of people died at a party after a fire that started on Dec. 2, 2016 and swept through the building. 

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.