Judge accepts plea deal in deadly Ghost Ship fire case
A judge on Monday, March 8, 2021, accepted a plea deal that would allow the man held responsible for the deaths, Derick Almena, to remain out of jail. - Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS

OAKLAND — Despite emotional testimony that revealed the raw pain that families of 36 people who perished in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire during a dance party still feel, a judge on Monday accepted a plea deal that would allow the man held responsible for the deaths to remain out of jail. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson sentenced Derick Almena to 12 years, but because he already served roughly four years behind bars and gets credit for good behavior, he won’t have to return to Santa Rita Jail. Instead, Almena will spend the next one and a half years at home with an ankle mon...