- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The final negotiations will start soon for a plea deal on potential criminal charges against the landlord of a Portland building where six people died in a fire last year.

The Portland Press Herald reports prosecutors want to convict Gregory Nisbet of manslaughter for negligent maintenance of the two-family building on Noyes Street. Nisbet’s attorney says he won’t accept a deal that includes a manslaughter charge.

Lawyers say the talks will take place this week and focus on city housing safety ordinances and whether negligently violating those ordinances rises to the level of manslaughter.

The families of four of the six young people who died have sued Nisbet. The fatal fire occurred on Nov. 1.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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