James Ray Guilty of Negligent Homicide; Manslaughter Charges Didn't Stick
|James Ray was found guilty of negligent homicide. Manslaughter charges didn't stick.|
Ray could have been convicted of manslaughter.
See more of New Times' coverage of Ray's death lodge fiasco here.
According to court documents obtained by New Times, Ray discouraged participants from leaving the sweat lodge, even as some were throwing up and passing out.
Ray maintains that the deaths were a tragic accident, but prosecutors feel that stuffing dozens of people into a hot, poorly ventilated sweat tent -- and then discouraging them from leaving -- is more than just an accident.
Prosecutors argued for manslaughter convictions, but Ray's high-priced attorney, Thomas Kelly, persuaded jurors otherwise and he was found not guilty on those charges.
Ray faces up to 11 years in prison.