Self-help guru gets 2 years in sweat lodge deaths
A self-help author who ran a sweat lodge was sentenced to two years in prison today for causing the deaths of three people back in 2009 after an ill-fated cleansing treatment. James Arthur Ray was sentenced to three concurrent two-year sentences in prison after he was convicted of negligent homicide in the deaths. A judge also ordered him to pay more than $57,000 in restitution. Westtown native Kirby Brown, 38, was among the three who died during the sweat lodge ceremony that was supposed to offer spiritual enlightenment. A jury found that Ray did not monitor the lodge's temperature or the participant's well-being during the two-hour ceremony. Ray apologized at today's sentencing, saying, "I want to convey my deepest sorrow to the families." Brown's family members say justice has finally been served, although their lives will never be the same. Ray was taken into custody immediately after the sentencing.
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