Ghost Ship Fire Verdict: Aunt of victim says hearing verdict was 'horrible'

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The aunt of one of the Ghost Ship fire victims describes how their family was feeling as they heard the verdict being read.

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Karen Frieholtz, aunt of Michela Gregory, said hearing the verdict was "horrible" for the families in the room.

"Painful-for my brother-in-law, for my sister-in-law, for my nephew, for every other family member that was sitting in there. It was horrible."

Gregory died along with her boyfriend Alex Vega in the warehouse fire.

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The jury acquitted Max Harris, 29, on all 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter, the judge declared a mistrial for 49-year-old Derick Almena. The jury foreman says they voted 10-2 in favor of conviction for Almena, but couldn't break the deadlock with multiple votes.

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