PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- A self-help author convicted of negligent
homicide has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to
pay restitution of more than $57,000.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow handed down
three two-year sentences on Friday in a central Arizona courtroom.
The sentences will be served concurrently.
Ray's motivational mantra drew dozens of people to Sedona in
October 2009 where they participated in a sweat lodge ceremony meant to purify their bodies.
The participants began showing signs of distress about halfway through the two-hour ceremony, and three died.
Ray insisted the deaths were a tragic accident. But a jury found him guilty on three counts of negligent homicide, rejecting the more serious charges of manslaughter.
Ray's potential sentence had ranged from probation to nine years
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