GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire: Families Outraged By Club Owner Pleas

The Associated Press reports:

Relatives of the 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire sparked by rock band GREAT WHITE's pyrotechnics are furious that the club owners are pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges and that one of them will avoid prison. For family members still upset that only three men were charged in the fire, the pleas from brothers Jeffrey and Michael Derderian mark the latest stinging disappointment in the criminal case stemming from the deadly blaze.

"From the beginning it's been a farce," said John Richmond, whose daughter, Kelly Vieira, 40, died in the fire.

Michael Derderian, 45, will be sentenced to serve four years in prison, said his attorney, Kathleen Hagerty. Jeffrey Derderian, who is in his 40s, will be spared prison and receive a suspended 10-year sentence with three years probation and 500 hours of community service.

They are scheduled to change their not guilty pleas on Sept. 29, according to a letter from state Attorney General Patrick Lynch.

The brothers' plea arrangement shuts down jury selection in Michael Derderian's trial, which began earlier this month. Jeffrey Derderian's was to be tried separately.

Read the rest of the article at this location.


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).