Guru to be sentenced in Arizona sweat lodge deaths

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The families of three people who participated in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony tearfully pleaded with a judge Friday to give the self-help author convicted in their deaths the maximum sentence.

James Arthur Ray was found guilty on three counts of negligent homicide and faces anything from probation to nine years in prison.

Kirby Brown's mother urged Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow to take Ray off the self-help market to ensure no one else is harmed.

The 38-year-old Brown, of Westtown, N.Y.; 40-year-old James Shore, of Milwaukee; and 49-year-old Liz Neuman of Prior Lake, Minn., were overcome by the heat in the sweat lodge more than two years ago.

Ray's supporters and defense team say probation is best for the man whose teachings have bettered people's lives.

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