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Cardell Hayes Sentenced To 25 Years For The Killing Of Will Smith

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On Thursday, Louisiana Judge Camille Buras handed down a 25-year sentence for Cardell Hayes, 29, for the manslaughter of former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, which took place in 2016.

Aside from the initial sentence, Hayes will also concurrently serve a 15-year sentence for attempted manslaughter of Smith’s wife, Racquel Smith. 

The incident occurred whenever the two men were involved in a traffic incident that resulted in the men exchanging words that escalated into a heated argument. Eventually, shots were fired at the scene and the former Saint was pronounced dead upon arrival by police. 

The prosecution was seeking a 60-year sentence for the crime, but Judge Buras ultimately decided against it. The defendant was seeking a re-trial as a new witness had come forward, but the Judge did not grant it. 

Smith was regarded as a favorite within the community during his nine-year stint in New Orleans. He was also a member of the team during the team’s run to a Super Bowl in 2010. 

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