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‘Ghost Ship’ operators plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter in fire that killed 36 people

Kimberly and David Gregory, center and top right, the parents of Michela Gregory, a victim of the 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire, sit next to attorney Mary Alexander, right, during a news conference at a courthouse in Oakland.

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Derick Ion Almena, 47, the concert promoter who converted the warehouse into an artists’ residence and underground concert venue, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges in the Ghost Ship fired that killed 36 people. 

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Max Harris, the self-described “creative director" of the enclave who ran a concert the night of the fatal Ghost Ship blaze, was sentenced to 10 years after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges.

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Attorney Tony Serra, center, and Brian Getz, who represent Derick Ion Almena, speak to reporters at a courthouse in Oakland.

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Attorneys Tyler Smith, right, and Curtis Briggs, who represent Max Harris, speak to reporters at a courthouse in Oakland.

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Debris litters the inside of a warehouse where a fire killed 36 people during a club-style party. (David Butow / For The Times)

A firefighter walks through the burned-out Oakland warehouse on Saturday.

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The Ghost Ship Warehouse after a fire swept through the building in Oakland, Calif.

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Firefighters battle a blaze that swept through a warehouse in Oakland during a concert Friday night. At least nine bodies had been recovered and more fatalities were expected, authorities said.

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Firefighters battle a blaze that killed several people attending a concert at a warehouse in Oakland. (David Butow / Redux)

Firefighters battle a warehouse fire in Oakland that claimed the lives of 36 people during a concert.

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Carmen Brito returns to the warehouse known as the Ghost Ship in Oakland, where she lived when it caught fire, killing 36 people. The building’s manager and creative director pleaded no contest to manslaughter.

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Kristen Grzeca, a music teacher at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, hugs Monina Sen Cervone, director of world music and dance at the school, on Sunday at a makeshift memorial for victims of the warehouse fire. A 17-year-old victim was one of Grzeca’s students.

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A news conference with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is held near the scene of the fire.

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Flowers are left near an Oakland warehouse where a fire broke out during a concert, killing 36 people.

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