Self-help guru convicted in Minnesotan's 'sweat lodge' death to be released


The self-help guru who was convicted in a high-profile case involving three "sweat-lodge" deaths in Arizona in 2009 – including the death of a Minnesota woman – was to be released Friday, the Arizona Republic reports.

James Arthur Ray served nearly 20 months of the three concurrent two-year terms to which he was sentenced in November 2011, the newspaper reports.

Three people – Kirby Brown, 38; James Shore, 30; and Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn. – died of heat stroke and organ failure in the ceremony led by Ray during a five-day retreat near Sedona, Ariz.

Neuman suffered multiple organ damage and was in a coma after the ceremony, in which dozens of people were packed into the sweat lodge. Neuman died more than a week later. Her family had said she prided herself on living a healthy and active life.

Her lawyer says no one had initially tried to contact the family to let them know of her condition, and she was initially admitted to the hospital as a "Jane Doe," the Arizona Republic reported:

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