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Judge delays sentencing in sweat lodge deaths case

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CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) -- A self-help author convicted of negligent homicide won't be sentenced on July 25 as planned.

Defense lawyers representing James Arthur Ray have said they need more time to gather evidence that could help lessen Ray's sentence.

A jury in Camp Verde, Ariz., found Ray guilty of three counts of negligent homicide on June 22. He faces anything from probation to nine years in prison.

Judge Warren Darrow granted the defense request to delay the trial in a document released Thursday. Ray's attorneys are scheduled to present mitigating factors at an Aug. 16 presentencing hearing.

A defense bid for a new trial based on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct also is pending. Prosecutors have not filed their response.

Three people died following an October 2009 sweat lodge ceremony Ray led near Sedona.

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