Question: Could they have excluded the moonbat aspects from the trial and if so would it have stood more chance of resulting in a stronger sentence? I mean, was there some sort of consideration given to him being of a belief that he was doing some "good" at the time?
That, and the fact that those individuals who died were adults who exerted free will in attending the event that cost them their lives, therefore, the negligence was mutual.
The sentence on Ray might be overturned on appeal.. I doubt it, though. The people who signed up for Ray's course had the expectation that they were going to derive a spiritual benefit from the event; not that they were going to die there. Yet, they were adults that made that decision. It all depends on the mindset of the Arizona Court of Appeals who, no doubt, has experience hearing appeals on cases involving New Age endeavors. Arizona & New Mexico are the two states where New Age movements tend to prosper more.