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State Presents Aggravating Factors In Guru’s Case

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James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day “Spiritual Warrior” event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office)

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CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — Jurors will resume deliberations Thursday on whether aggravated factors should figure in the sentencing for a self-help guru in a deadly Arizona sweat lodge ceremony.

The jury left Wednesday without reaching any decision on aggravated factors in the case of James Arthur Ray.

Prosecutors say Ray benefited financially from his conduct during the October 2009 sweat lodge ceremony and caused emotional harm to the families of three participants who died.

Jurors will determine whether aggravating factors exist. The judge will weigh any finding in sentencing along with mitigating factors.

Ray was convicted last week of three counts of negligent homicide and faces more than 11 years in prison. Probation is an option.

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