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James Ray after his arrest in February 2010. Convicted of negligent homicide in the deaths of three people in a sweat lodge near Sedona, Ray recently dropped his appeal

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James Ray drops appeal of negligent homicide conviction

Just weeks after his release from prison, James Arthur Ray, the self-help speaker and author who was convicted of negligent homicide over the deaths of three people at a sweat lodge ceremony he conducted in October 2009 near Sedona, has withdrawn his appeal of that conviction.In documents filed with the Arizona Court of Appeals Thursday, Ray, 55, signed an affidavit stating that he wishes to "avoid any possibility of a retrial and a resentencing."