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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Yavapai County Superior Court
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.
A self-help author convicted of negligent homicide stood before the families of three people who died following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony he led and begged for forgiveness. Earlier Friday, the victims' families pleaded to have James Arthur Ray sent to prison for the next nine years to prevent him from harming others.
A self-help author convicted of negligent homicide has been sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $57,000.
The self-help author who led an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony that ended with three deaths was sentenced Friday to two years behind bars _ not enough for the victims' family members, who earlier in the day yelled at James Arthur Ray and said he was "not worthy to spit shine" the victims' shoes.
A self-help author convicted in the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-November.