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Roughly four years since a tragic series of events at an Arizona sweat lodge cost three people their lives, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed James Arthur Ray for an exclusive, live interview.
The host and leader of the retreat near Sedona, Ariz., Ray was found guilty on three counts of negligent homicide, and sentenced to two years in prison. He was released in July, and joining Piers Morgan in CNN's Los Angeles studio, Ray reflected upon the heartbreaking events of October 8th, 2011:
"I think the most difficult thing I can ever imagine is investing your entire life in helping people, and then finding them getting hurt," Ray told Morgan. "It's just the antithesis of anything that I had ever stood for or wanted. And so that anguish has continued every single day since that moment."
As he prepared to serve his time, Ray struggled with knowing that he would no longer be able to care for his mother, who was undergoing cancer treatments. Things proved even more difficult than he imagined, when Ray began his sentence entirely isolated from the general population, and the outside world:
"The first month that I was in, I was, the better part of the first month I was in solitary confinement. The first couple of weeks I was in what they called 'the hole,' which is where death row is," revealed Monday's guest. "The point being is that I wasn't able to be in contact with my loved ones for the better portion of the first month."
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