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Sun, Dec. 08

Judge sets new dates for Ray sentencing

James Ray

James Ray

The much-delayed pre-sentence hearings and sentencing for James Arthur Ray have been set to begin at 9 a.m., Nov. 8 in Prescott.

Judge Warren Darrow has allowed the prosecution and defense three full days each to present their cases. The state has planned to present seven witnesses and will have the floor from Nov. 8-10.

The defense, which has listed as many as 19 witnesses, will present its case for a lenient sentence the following week, Nov. 15-17.

Darrow has scheduled sentencing for Friday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m.

Ray faces a sentence of as long as nine years in prison after his June conviction on three counts of negligent homicide in the October 2009 deaths of Kirby Brown, James Shore and Liz Neuman, all of whom died from heat-related injuries after a Ray-led sweat lodge ceremony at the Angel Valley Spiritual Retreat Center near Sedona. Darrow also has the option of sentencing Ray to a term of probation.

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