Cardell Hayes, the man who killed former New Orleans Saints defensive end and Super Bowl Champion Will Smith, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday afternoon before his and Smith’s family.
Hayes, a 29-year-old truck driver and dog-breeder from the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, was sentenced by judge Camille Buras after being convicted on Dec. 11 for manslaughter, as well as attempted manslaughter of Smith’s wife, Racquel.
Hayes was not given the possibility of parole. He was sentenced to 15 years for the attempted manslaughter count and 25 for the manslaughter count. Buras said that the sentences will run concurrently. Orleans Parish district attorney Leon Cannizzarro originally called for Hayes to serve up to 60 years for the offenses in December after the conclusion of the trial.
Judge Buras also set a trial date of June 26 for a pending aggravated assault charge against Smith, according to Ramon Vargas of the New Orleans Advocate.