James Arthur Ray, the self-help guru who led a sweat lodge ceremony at the tune of $10,000 per participant in October of 2009 that claimed three lives and hospitalized 18 was sentenced today to two years in prison for the three deaths according to an article by The Arizona Republic at www.azcentral.com.
Ray who in June was convicted of three counts of negligent homicide after the event in Sedona, Arizona was facing a maximum of nine years.
In a CNN report, Ray’s lawyers countered that the unfortunate event was an accident and not a crime.
With his sentence he must serve at least 85 percent of the term before being eligible for release and was ordered to pay $57,000 in restitution to the families of the victims. After spending 24 days behind bars, he needs to serve a minimum of 600 more to fulfill the 85 percent.
“I’m so sorry. And I know that nothing I could say or do is enough,” he said according to the Republic as his voice cracked. “There’s not one single day that passes that I don’t relive the moments of that night in my life, asking what I missed, what I could have done differently. I didn’t know, I didn’t know that anyone was dying or in distress. I wish to God I would have. I would have stopped immediately.”
Ray’s attorneys have stated they will file an appeal.