LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails wrote several times about The Secret (book and film) when it became a New York Times best-seller from Oprah Winfrey’s promotion of it. James Arthur Ray was one of the “teachers” interviewed in the film. See links below this posting for information on The Secret.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. – A charismatic self-help author who led an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony that turned deadly was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow handed down three, two-year sentences, to be served concurrently. He also ordered James Arthur Ray to pay more than $57,000 in restitution.
“I see and I find that the aggravating circumstance of emotional harm is so strong and such that probation is simply unwarranted in this case,” Darrow said.
The courtroom was silent as he handed down the sentence. The victims’ families held hands, as did Ray’s parents and brother.
Afterward authorities immediately took custody of Ray, who will serve his time with the state Department of Corrections. Click here to read more.