The 2016 fire at the Oakland DIY venue claimed 36 lives.
36 people lost their lives in the December 2 fire. In June 2017, Almena was arrested on 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, along with acting creative director Max Harris. Last month, a jury acquitted Harris of all charges. Almena, the warehouse’s leaseholder, faced a retrial after the judge declared a mistrial as the result of a hung jury.
Prosecutors allege Almena was criminally negligent when he illegally converted the industrial building into a artists’ residence and performance space. A new trial date has been set for Almena for March 30.