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    Sweat Lodge ‘Guru’ Found Guilty

    James Arthur Ray, left, and his attorney, Thomas Kelly, right, stand in the courtroom of Judge Warren R. Darrow, in the Yavapai County Courthouse in Camp Verde, Ariz., Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Ray, the self-help author who led a deadly sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona in 2009, was found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide.

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    James Arthur Ray, the self-help guru who had appeared on Oprah, was found guilty Wednesday of negligent homicide in the deaths of three people who died during a sweat-lodge ceremony he hosted in 2009. Fifty-six people had paid $10,000 each to attend the event, which Ray would help them achieve their full potential. They signed waivers acknowledging death was a risk; still, Ray encouraged them to ignore signs of distress. Ray was acquitted of more serious manslaughter charges. He could face anything from probation up to 11 years in prison.

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