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Vet says self-help author prevented his suicide
Vet tells judge that self-help author convicted of negligent homicide saved him from suicide
By The Associated Press

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) ' A veteran says a self-help author convicted of negligent homicide saved him from suicide.

Jack Lane is among a dozen witnesses that James Arthur Ray's defense team is calling to persuade a judge that Ray is a good person and should receive probation. Testimony resumes Wednesday.

Ray led a 2009 sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona that turned deadly. He's facing up to nine years in prison in the trio of negligent homicide convictions.

Lane testified Tuesday that he reached out to Ray on Facebook the day he planned to commit suicide, and Ray responded by reassuring him of his worth.

Prosecutors have presented several witnesses to show that Ray's events became progressively more dangerous and that he was fixated on earning money.

The judge will consider the testimony in sentencing Ray on Friday.

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