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State argues aggravating factors in guru's case

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a self-help guru benefited financially from his conduct during an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony and caused emotional harm to the families of three participants who died.

Jurors heard those arguments Wednesday morning as part of James Arthur Ray's sentencing phase.

Jurors will determine whether aggravating factors exist. The judge will weigh any finding in sentencing along with mitigating factors.

Ray was convicted last week of three counts of negligent homicide and faces more than 11 years in prison. Probation is an option.

His attorneys have said that Ray did not profit from the ceremony at the end of a weeklong retreat in October 2009.

They also say there's no proof that Ray had a unique position of trust with the victims, which is the third alleged aggravating factor.

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