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Killer Of Former Saints DE Will Smith Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

The killer of former New Orleans Saints and Ohio State star Will Smith has received his sentencing.

Cardell Hayes, who was convicted of killing Smith and injuring his wife in April 2016, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for manslaughter and 15 years for attempted murder. The sentences will run concurrently.

Hayes faced the possibility of a maximum 60-year sentence, but was hit with a shorter punishment.

USA TODAY has some details from the emotionally-charged hearing earlier today.

Before noon, during testimony, an emotional Hayes told the family of Smith that he wishes he would’ve died instead instead of Smith the night he gunned down the former New Orleans Saints star on a Lower Garden District street after a road-rage incident.

“I should have just let him (Smith) kill me,” said Hayes, who faces decades behind bars for the killing of Smith and the wounding of his wife. “Being away from my son for 60 years, what’s the difference from being dead?”

Smith played with the Saints from 2004-12, recording 67.5 career sacks and 457 total tackles.

This is an awful situation, and we hope the Smith family can find some peace, as well as Hayes' relatives.