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Landlord appeals conviction in deadly Noyes Street fire

Gregory Nisbet was found not guilty of several counts of manslaughter, but he was convicted of failure to comply with safety regulations. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Maine's highest court is hearing the appeal of a landlord's conviction in the deadly Noyes Street fire.

Six people were killed when the apartment building burned in Portland.

Gregory Nisbet was found not guilty of several counts of manslaughter, but he was convicted of failure to comply with safety regulations.

Nisbet's attorney says they want to appeal that conviction.

The center of this appeal is a window that was supposed to be a second means of escape from the home, and the dimensions of that window.

Nisbet's attorney says the standards that he was found to violate don't apply to his building.

During the initial trial, Nisbet was sentenced to jail under a standard that the escape window had to be 5.7 square feet, but after the trial it was found that because the residence was built before 1976, the dimensions of the escape window only needed to be 3.3 square feet.

Nisbet's attorney says he deserves a new trial based on those requirements, and whether the window could have been opened further to meet them.

State prosecutors say regardless of the new dimensions, the window didn't meet the standards.

The court is now in recess, the supreme court justices will make their decision on whether to grant Gregory Nisbet a new trial sometime in the future.

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