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7/13/2013 3:09:00 PM
James Arthur Ray released from prison
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James Arthur Ray listens to testimony during his criminal trial March 17, 2011, in Camp Verde.
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James Arthur Ray listens to testimony during his criminal trial March 17, 2011, in Camp Verde.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


BUCKEYE -- James Arthur Ray is a free man again after being released from the Department of Corrections Buckeye prison Friday.

He has completed 85 percent of his two-year sentence for the negligent homicide deaths at Angel Valley Retreat Center in 2009.

One man and two women of Ray's dozens of participants died in the overheated sweat lodge used in the culmination of Ray's "Spiritual Warrior" self improvement retreat. While acquitted of two more serious manslaughter charges, Ray was convicted of negligent homicide and ordered to serve two-year terms for each of the three deaths, served concurrently.

Kirby Brown, 38, of New York, James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee, and Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn., died. Eighteen others were treated for injuries.

Ray must remain in Arizona until completion of his community service.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013
Article comment by: Not Impressed

I bet after ALL that time inside the concrete sweatlodge called prison, learning to really hate the secret handshake, he is ready for a spiritual and physical cleansing. Boo-hoo.....not.

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013
Article comment by: Slater slater

Could'nt agree more.

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013
Article comment by: O. Behaave

Now that he is out of prison, let's put this Spirirual Warrior in a sweat lodge and turn up the heat until he feels like he's gonna die. (Which should have been his sentence.)

Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013
Article comment by: Joseph Seth

The problem is most people obviously don't have so much as a clue what it means to be truly HONORABLE. It means that when you promise to take full responsibility for your actions, at ANY EVENT, that is what you do and you don't have to sign a white man's contract to keep your promise!! But as it is with the white man they break whatever treaties they make and can get away with doing when they can make money through the process. That is the AMERICAN WAY! How else did America get its land? BY BREAKING TREATIES!!!



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