Manager of US warehouse where 36 died sentenced to 12 years in prison

Los Angeles (AFP) – The manager of an art venue where 36 people died in a fire in Oakland, California, in 2016 was formally sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, but will serve out just 18 months of that from home with an electronic bracelet. “I am sick with shame. I am so sorry. My shame cannot stand as any defense against what I am responsible for,” Derick Almena, the leaseholder of the building known locally as the “Ghost Ship,” said in a statement read out in court by his lawyer. Almena had turned the warehouse into a public space dedicated to music and art. It burned down during an elec…

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