Derick Almena Biography — Wiki
Derick Almena is the primary tenant of a San Francisco warehouse where 36 people died in a late-night fire in 2016 who has pleaded guilty to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury. Almena pleads guilty in Alameda County Court on Friday to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in exchange for a nine-year sentence.
Almena may serve little or none of that term because of time already spent behind bars since his June 2017 arrest and credit for good behavior. His sentencing date has been set for March 8 and he must remain under house arrest with an ankle monitor until that time.
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Derick Almena Age
According to his date of birth, Derick Almena is 50 years old.
Derick Ion Almena Net Worth
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Derick Almena Wife, Micah Allison
Wearing a black dress and black blazer, her hair pulled back in a bun, Micah Allison described her background in dance and performing arts. She didn’t finish college, but had choreographed and directed dance performances at Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco and helped style photoshoots with her husband of 13 years, Almena.
She testified about not wanting to acquire the lease to the warehouse at first; she had instead wanted to leave Oakland at the time.
“When I saw the space and the possibilities that were there. … I fell in love with it,” Allison said.
Her own vision for the warehouse was to have it be a place for art, music, and performances, including holding dance classes and workshops. The night of the Dec. 2, 2016, fire, she said she wanted her children to get some rest, and knew the event would last a long time. So the family left around 9:30 p.m. that night, just two hours before what would be the deadly fire, and checked into a hotel room.
She has been with Derick Almena for 20 years and married to him for 13
Micah Allison shares the story
Micah Allison, the wife of Ghost Ship defendant Derick Ion Almena, took the stand Tuesday and testified about the several times where firefighters and police officers stepped foot inside the warehouse before the deadly fire.
Defense attorneys maintain that none of those first responders ever said the building on 31st Avenue was unsafe.
Prosecutors say Almena and co-defendant Max Harris are to blame for the deaths of 36 people because they created an unsafe building, filling the warehouse with artwork, pianos, furniture and wood, and not having fire sprinklers or clearly marked, lit exits.
Allison’s testimony on Tuesday also contradicted now-former Oakland Fire Marshal Maria Sabatini, who testified last month on the stand about the Sept. 26, 2014 couch arson fire on the side of the Ghost Ship warehouse. Sabatini insisted she never went inside the warehouse.
But Allison said Sabatini did go inside, and even gave her a business card. Allison noted that when Sabatini saw a picture of Jesus near the front entrance of the East Oakland warehouse, she made the sign of the cross, a common Catholic gesture.
Sabatini was inside to investigate if the fire had gotten inside the warehouse, Allison said. But Sabatini herself testified last month that although she investigated the arson fire of the couch, she did not go inside the warehouse.
“Are you telling the truth?” Almena’s attorney Tony Serra asked Allison.
“I am,” she responded.
Micah Allison defends her husband with an attorney
Allison is the fourth witness brought in by her husband’s attorney to contradict testimony that firefighters did not go inside the warehouse following the 2014 arson fire. In addition to Allison, former tenant Olivia Prink and Almena’s friends Joe Rodriguez and Troy Altieri also testified they saw firefighters inside the warehouse after the arson, even at a pig roast party the next day. Rodriguez said firefighters were given a tour during the party, and Altieri testified that he saw several of them dancing on the second floor.
Allison also testified that she saw then-Oakland Fire Capt. George Freelan inside the warehouse that day in September 2014. She said she recognized him because she had met him before at Station 13 with her husband and son.
“I did see the captain go up the front stairs,” Allison said.
Alison also testified that police had been inside the warehouse. She recalled at least one occasion where a man was on the roof of the warehouse next door to the Ghost Ship during a party, threatening to jump. Allison said the people at the Ghost Ship let police enter through their space to reach the roof next door.
On the stand Tuesday, Allison was soft-spoken yet direct in her answers with both the defense attorneys and prosecutor, Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Casey Bates. She got emotional on the stand when Serra showed her a photo of herself, her husband and their three children to identify Almena.
She also admitted in cross-examination with Bates that the art collective began making changes once inside the warehouse. Almost immediately after acquiring the lease, people began moving in, she said.
They added a bathroom, kitchen and the front stairs, and changed electrical work — all without permits, and without city inspections, Allison said. This could help the prosecution’s case, showing that the art collective called Satya Yuga was aware those changes were not legal.
Allison also testified that she saw Kai Ng, warehouse owner Chor Ng’s son, walk through the warehouse on three to four occasions. The Ngs have not been charged, although some victims’ family members and defense attorneys have called for their arrest to be held responsible for the deaths.