60-year sentence for killer sought
new orleans» New Orleans’ district attorney said he’ll seek 60 years in prison for the man who killed New Orleans Saints star Will Smith — the maximum 40 years for manslaughter, plus another 20 years for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith’s wife.
“We will do our gut-level best to get the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 60 years,” Leon Cannizzaro said Monday.
Cardell Hayes was found guilty Sunday night after insisting that he fired only because the retired NFL player was drunk and violent and had grabbed a gun following their collision in traffic last April.
No one else testified Smith ever held a gun. A loaded 0.9-mm semi-automatic handgun was found but unused inside Smith’s car.
Smith, a 34-year-old father of three, was a defensive leader on the Saints team that lifted spirits in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He helped carry the team to a winning season in 2006 and a Super Bowl victory four years later.
Hayes, 29, will be sentenced on Feb. 17. State Judge Camille Buras will have the option of imposing less than the maximum sentences, and could order them served concurrently. But the D.A. said the crime warrants maximum sentences, served one after the other.