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Jury in sweat lodge case at impasse on factors

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jurors who found a self-help guru guilty of negligent homicide are deadlocked on two of three aggravating factors that could help determine his sentence.

The jury has reached a decision on whether James Arthur Ray caused emotional harm to the families of the three people who died following an October 2009 sweat lodge ceremony he led in Arizona. But it has not announced its findings.

Jurors are at an impasse on the other alleged factors. Those are whether Ray held a unique position of trust with the victims and whether he benefited or expected to benefit financially from their deaths.

Ray was convicted last week on three counts of negligent homicide. The jury will deliver its findings on aggravating factors to a judge, who will consider them when determining Ray's sentence.

The judge is expected to give the jury further instructions Thursday to see if it can reach a decision.

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