The owners of the Ghost Ship warehouse where 36 people died five years ago in a fire have filed for bankruptcy in order to pay the surviving family members nearly $12 million, according to court filings.
As part of his plea deal, Derick Almena was ordered to pay $181,00 for funeral expenses and counseling.
Legal bills show Oakland paid outside lawyers for more than 27,000 hours to defend the city in the Ghost Ship lawsuit.
Derick Almena received a 12-year sentence for the deadly Ghost Ship fire, but will avoid any more time in custody.
Derek Almena is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in prison, but because of good behavior and time served, the 50-year-old artist and former master tenant of the Ghost Ship warehouse will not be spending any more time in custody.
The master tenant of a cluttered, dilapidated San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished in a 2016 fire is scheduled to plead guilty.
Derek Almena will plead guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in exchange for a nine-year sentence. However, according to the families, he won't have to be sent to prison because of credit for time served and good behavior.
An audit found the city of Oakland let 2,400 buildings go unchecked, violating state law and potentially putting people and businesses at risk.
The Oakland City Council has approved a $399,000 settlement of the last lawsuit over a 2016 fire at an illegally converted warehouse dubbed the Ghost Ship that killed 36 people.
"Unfortunately, the audit found that OFD has been slow to learn from the past and critical works remains to be done."
The City of Oakland announced a $32.7 million settlement on Thursday for the families of 32 of the 36 victims in the 2016 Ghost Ship Warehouse fire. Attorney Mary Alexander, who represented those families, talks about what that settlement means and how it gives some sense of justice and accountability.
The City of Oakland on Thursday announced a $32.7 million settlement for the families of 32 of the 36 victims killed in the Ghost Ship Warehouse fire back in 2016.
The settlement was announced at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
Derick Almena was released from Santa Rita Jail Monday on $150,000 bail.
Derick Almena was released from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $150,000 bail amid coronavirus concerns.
Derick Almena, who is awaiting retrial in the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, is set to be released from jail Monday amid concerns of the coronavirus, KTVU has learned.
A teleconference with a judge is scheduled for Friday morning to discuss potential conditions of release, according to one of Almena’s attorneys.
The retrial of Derick Almena, the master-tenant of the Oakland Ghost Ship fire where 36 lives were lost, has been delayed until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A retrial in the deadly Ghost Ship fire for defendant Derick Almena is delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The attorney for Ghost Ship master tenant Derick Almena said on Friday that he and Almena are ready for a second trial on 36 involuntary manslaughter charges for a fire at the Oakland building in 2016 that killed 36 people.