PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury on Wednesday found self help guru James Arthur Ray guilty of negligent homicide in the deaths of three people who fell ill at a sweat lodge ceremony he conducted nearly two years ago.
The jury at Yavapai County Superior Court found Ray not guilty of the greater charge of reckless manslaughter in the deaths of James Shore, Liz Neuman and Kirby Brown who attended a personal growth seminar, near Sedona, Arizona, in October 2009.
They were among 56 participants who paid nearly $10,000 each to take part in Ray's "spiritual warrior" retreat, and were crammed into a four-foot tall sweat lodge, packed with superheated rocks at the ceremony.
Shore, 40. and Brown, 38, were pronounced dead at the scene, and Neuman, 49, died several days later at a hospital in Flagstaff.
(Writing by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Greg McCune)