Jury finds 1 aggravator in sweat lodge guru's case

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Posted: Jun 30, 2011 8:03 PM
Jury finds 1 aggravator in sweat lodge guru's case

Jurors who found a self-help guru guilty of negligent homicide in a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony that killed three people have determined his conduct caused emotional harm to the victims' families.

The Arizona jury needed to find a second such aggravator for a judge to sentence James Arthur Ray to the maximum of nearly 12 years in prison.

The jury on Thursday decided that another factor _ that Ray held a unique position of trust _ only applied to one victim. The judge says that cannot be used to enhance sentencing.

The jury deadlocked on a third factor, whether Ray benefited or expected to benefit financially from the deaths.

He now faces anything from probation to nine years in prison. Sentencing is set for July 25.