Ghost Ship Fire Defendants Finalizing Plea Agreement: Sources

A lawyer says a plea deal is near for the central figure charged in connection with an Oakland warehouse fire that killed three dozen partygoers at an unlicensed concert.

Lawyer Tony Serra said Friday that prosecutors and defense attorneys were close to an agreement. But he warned talks could still break down during a meeting to finalize the deal with a judge Friday.

Serra says Derick Almena and prosecutors have tentatively agreed to an eight-year prison sentence.

Sources tell NBC Bay Area the defendants in the case, Almena and Max Harris, "are finalizing a plea agreement," but have been asked not to outline the details until next week.

Almena and Harris face 36 involuntary manslaughter charges for the 2016 fire at the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse.

Almena rented the Oakland warehouse and illegally converted it into a residence and entertainment venue.

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