Man who killed Saints star Smith sen­tenced

The Washington Post - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

The man who killed re­tired New Or­leans Saints star Will Smith and wounded his wife dur­ing a traf­fic dis­pute 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, also will get a year of credit for the time served since shoot­ing one of the city’s sports he­roes in April 2016.

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