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Oakland Warehouse Rave Fire - 36 confirmed dead - 2016

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member


    "rigid bail practices"

    IMO, softening the courts is a huge contributor to what is wrong in this country.

    Mambie-pambie courts & participation trophies ~ I could stay up all night grousing & grumbling about that.
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  2. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Ghost Ship defendants taking pleas, could get 6 and 9 years
    Updated: July 2, 2018 10:58pm

    Two men accused of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of 36 people in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire are poised to accept plea deals with prosecutors Tuesday of six and nine years in jail, minus time served.

    The artist collective’s primary tenant, Derick Almena, 48, would take the longer of the two sentences. He and his co-defendant, Max Harris, 28, the collective’s creative director, would not have to serve the full terms because they would each get credit for the year they have spent in jail. They were arrested six months after the Dec. 2, 2016, conflagration.

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  3. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Men Charged In Deadly Calif. Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Plead No Contest
    July 4, 201812:04 PM ET

    Two men each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, representing the three dozen people who perished in the 2016 Oakland, Calif. warehouse fire, pleaded no contest on Tuesday, in a deal letting them avoid trial and possibly lengthy prison terms.

    Derick Almena, who managed the artists' collective turned dance venue known as the Ghost Ship, agreed to a nine year sentence with an additional three years supervised release.

    Max Harris, a tenant who assisted Almena in his duties as an illegal landlord, is expected to be sentenced to six years with four years supervised release.

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  4. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Judge rejects plea deals in deadly Oakland warehouse fire
    Associated Press Friday, August 10, 2018

    OAKLAND, Calif. — In an unusual move, a California judge on Friday rejected the plea deals of two men who were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter after a 2016 California warehouse fire.

    As he handed down his decision, Judge James Cramer said 48-year-old Derick Almena didn't accept "full responsibility and remorse" for the fatal blaze which occurred during an unlicensed concert at the dilapidated Oakland warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship."

    The plea deal had called for Almena to be sentenced to nine years in prison and 28-year-old Max Harris to six years. The judge said he found Harris to be sincere but because the plea bargain was for both Harris and Almena, both pleas were rejected.

    Read more: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/na...s_plea_deals_in_deadly_oakland_warehouse_fire
  5. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Judges should do this more often.
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  6. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Two defendants in Oakland's Ghost Ship fire take plea deals, avert trial
    By Madison Park, CNN

    The two men facing dozens of manslaughter charges stemming from the 2016 fire at Oakland's Ghost Ship warehouse that killed 36 people, pleaded no contest Tuesday, reaching a deal with prosecutors.

    As a result, Derick Almena and Max Harris were each found guilty of all 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to Alameda County assistant district attorney Teresa Drenick. The plea deal means that Almena and Harris will not go on trial and will be sentenced on August 9.

    Almena, who was the leaseholder of the warehouse, is expected to be sentenced to 12 years -- nine in custody and three under mandatory supervision.

    Harris, a tenant who helped collect rent and acted as a creative director at the warehouse, is expected to receive a 10-year sentence -- six years in custody and four on mandatory supervision.

    Read more: https://www.stltoday.com/news/national/two-defendants-in-oakland-s-ghost-ship-fire-take-plea/article_0b3db651-4957-52af-8d5e-69fed6d5eec4.html
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  7. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I'm thinking the above article ^^^^ may be written with outdated information. I thought a new plea deal was made, but now I'm seeing articles noting the reversal of the plea deal and stating there will be a trial.

    Almena and Harris were due in court today.



    DA Pulls Plea Deals in Oakland Warehouse Fire That Killed 36
    The change in course came after grieving relatives of victims testified for two days about their losses and their unhappiness with the proposed sentences
    By Paul Elias
    Published at 1:50 PM PDT on Aug 16, 2018 | Updated at 12:10 AM PDT on Aug 17, 2018

    A Northern California district attorney has reversed course and says she will no longer consider plea deals to resolve the only criminal case filed in connection to a 2016 warehouse fire that killed 36 people, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

    Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley informed the judge presiding over the case that she now wants the two men charged in the case to face trial as soon as possible.

    Derick Almena and Max Harris are scheduled to appear in court on Friday for the first time since Judge James Cramer rejected a plea deal negotiated by O'Malley's office and their attorneys. Each is charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter and face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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  8. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    :happydance: They need to get life. It might discourage some people from doing a similar thing without thinking first.
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  9. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Ghost Ship fire: New trial date set for Almena, Harris

    Alameda Superior Court Judge James Cramer set a trial date of April 2 on Friday for defendants Derick Almena and Max Harris.

    Prosecutors allege Almena and Harris created a fire danger at the cluttered Fruitvale district warehouse where 36 people died in a fire Dec. 2, 2016. Under a plea bargain arranged by Judge Morris Jacobson, Almena would have served nine years in jail and Harris six years. With time served and good behavior, each could have been released within three years.

    But Cramer, who was filling in for Jacobson at a sentencing hearing in August, rejected the deal after listening to statements from family and friends of the victims. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has now said it will not offer another plea bargain. On Friday, Almena and Harris each re-entered pleas of not guilty.

    Read more: https://crimewatchers.net/forum/index.php?threads/oakland-warehouse-rave-fire-36-confirmed-dead.5251/
  10. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Lawyer tries shifting blame for warehouse fire

    In opening statements Tuesday, the attorney noted that officials couldn't determine the cause of the Dec. 2, 2016, fire in Oakland that killed 36 people. The attorney raised the possibility of arson, saying three witnesses will testify to seeing three strangers standing near the origin of the fire.

    Max Harris is charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter along with Derick Almena, who rented the warehouse where the fire broke out during an unpermitted concert. Prosecutors say Harris was Almena's assistant and helped collect rent and book shows at a warehouse illegally converted into a living space and entertainment venue.

    Prosecutors say the men turned it into a "death trap" by filling it full of flammable materials and failing to install safety equipment like sprinklers and smoke detectors.

    Almena's attorney Tony Serra is expected to deliver his opening statements Wednesday morning.
  11. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    3 female jurors dismissed by Judge Trina Thompson

  12. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Wow after 10 Days of deliberations. The other jurors must be seriously upset, rightfully so.
  13. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Max Harris walks out of jail after acquittal; Derick Almena remains jailed after mistrial in his case

    Max Harris, 29, walked out of jail in Dublin and Derick Almena, 49, spent another night in his jail cell, as prosecutors decide whether to retry him on the 36 charges of involuntary manslaughter.

    Each faced up to 39 years in prison if convicted on all charges stemming from the deadly Dec. 2, 2016, inferno at an electronic music party in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. Five months after the trial began, jurors found Harris not guilty, while only 10 of the 12 jurors could agree Almena was guilty of negligence in turning the warehouse into a deadly firetrap.

    “The jury is hopelessly deadlocked,” Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson said in court. “I declare a mistrial as it relates to Mr. Almena.”
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  14. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

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  15. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Alameda County prosecutors said they decided on a retrial after a jury last month deadlocked on whether to find Derick Almena, 49, guilty or innocent. Jurors split 10-2 in favor of finding him guilty.


    Judge Trina Thompson set a new trial date in March. She also denied a motion by defense attorneys to reduce bail for Almena from $750,000 to $50,000. He has been jailed for more than two years.


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