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Will Smith’s killer was sentenced to 25 years

The attorney of Cardell Hayes says that his client was not the aggressor

Cardell Hayes has been sentenced to 25 years for the death of Will Smith

Cardell Hayes was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter for killing former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Will Smith.

He was also sentenced to 15 years in prison, to be served concurrently, for attempted manslaughter after wounding Smith’s wife, Racquel Smith, in the same incident.

Hayes was facing up to 60 consecutive years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, though the prosecution had originally sought a second-degree murder conviction and a mandatory life in prison sentence, per Kevin McGill of the Associated Press.

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