Judge resets guru's sentencing in sweat lodge case

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 8:45 PM
Judge resets guru's sentencing in sweat lodge case

The sentencing date for a self-help author convicted in the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony has been pushed back.

The Oct. 6 sentencing comes almost two years after James Arthur Ray led dozens of people in the ceremony near Sedona. He faces anything from probation to nine years in prison.

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow had to reset the sentencing hearing set for Monday after defense attorney Tom Kelly suffered a heart condition this past weekend. Kelly's family says he's doing well.

Ray's attorneys will call up to 19 witnesses next week to try to convince Darrow to impose a lenient sentence. The prosecution then can offer rebuttal testimony.

Ray was convicted in late June on three counts of negligent homicide.