- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Final negotiations will take place next week 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 (https://bit.ly/1KaPejh ) reports prosecutors are pushing to convict Gregory Nisbet of manslaughter for negligent maintenance of the two-family building he owned on Noyes Street. The fatal fire occurred on Nov. 1. Nisbet’s attorney says he will not accept a deal that includes a manslaughter charge.

The attorney, Matthew Nichols, says the exact date of the meeting has yet to be set. The talks will 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.

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