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Self-Help Author Drops Request For Indigent Status

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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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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A self-help author imprisoned for the deaths of three people following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony no longer is seeking indigent status.

James Arthur Ray is appealing his conviction on three counts of negligent homicide and his 2-year prison sentence.

Ray had claimed that he’s $11 million in debt and could not afford copies of court documents he needs on appeal. But his attorneys dropped the request for financial aid last week, saying they’ve arranged for payment.

Prosecutors had pressed Ray’s attorneys to prove that the man who once boasted a multimillion self-help business is broke.

Kirby Brown, of Westtown, N.Y., James Shore, of Milwaukee, and Liz Neuman, of Prior Lake, Minn., died following the 2009 ceremony Ray led near Sedona.

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