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Ariz. prosecutor calls self-help author dangerous man; defense says he's not threat to society
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) ' An Arizona prosecutor says a self-help author convicted of negligent homicide is a dangerous man without internal boundaries and needs to be locked up for the next nine years.
But James Arthur Ray's defense team says he deserves probation for the deaths of three people following a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony he led near Sedona. They cited his character, lack of prior criminal history and the need to care for ailing parents.
The attorneys wrapped up a six-day mitigation hearing Thursday, the day before Ray is to be sentenced on a trio of negligent homicide convictions.
Ray himself apologized Thursday in open court to the families of James Shore, Liz Neuman and Kirby Brown.
Prosecutor Sheila Polk says Ray's failure to aid participants in distress shows he wasn't concerned.