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State presents aggravating factors in guru's case

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CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) -- A jury is scheduled to hear two days of testimony to determine whether aggravating factors figure into a self-help author's sentence.

James Arthur Ray was convicted last week on three counts of negligent homicide.

Three people died following a sweat lodge ceremony Ray led near Sedona in October 2009. He faces more than 11 years in prison.

The parties debated the jury instructions Tuesday morning, limiting what prosecutors wanted the jury to consider.

They settled on a trio of factors that include whether Ray was in a unique position of trust with the victims and whether their families suffered emotional harm.

Aggravating factors would increase the sentence Ray could receive.

His attorneys have argued for probation because he had no prior convictions.

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