Killer of NFL’s Smith gets 25 years in prison

The Dallas Morning News - - NATION -

NEW OR­LEANS — The man who shot and killed re­tired New Or­leans Saints star Will Smith and wounded his wife af­ter col­lid­ing in traf­fic last year was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 25 years in prison for man­slaugh­ter, far less than the max­i­mum pros­e­cu­tors had called for.

Cardell Hayes faced up to 60 years if given con­sec­u­tive max­i­mum terms for man­slaugh­ter and at­tempted man­slaugh­ter. In­stead, Judge Camille Buras gave him 15 years for shoot­ing Rac­quel Smith in the legs, to be served at the same time.

Hayes, 29, will get a year of credit for the time he’s al­ready served since shoot­ing one of the city’s sports he­roes in April 2016. State law re­quires him to serve 85 per­cent of the sen­tence be­fore be­com­ing el­i­gi­ble for good-be­hav­ior re­lease, mean­ing he could be freed in roughly 20 years.

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