'Sons of Guns' star Will Hayden gets life in prison for rape of two young girls
Will Hayden, known for starring on Discovery Channel reality show "Sons of Guns," has been sentenced to life in prison following his conviction for raping two women in Louisiana.
Hayden was found guilty April 7 of raping two women when they were between 11 and 13 years old. One of the victims is now 15, while the other is 37. They reportedly hugged each other and cried upon hearing the jury's unanimous decision.
Hayden, 51, was sentenced this week to two life sentences plus 40 years. He is not eligible for probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
The details are disturbing: His now-teenage victim testified that Hayden repeatedly raped her while she was 11 and 12 years old. The second victim told jurors that Hayden raped her in the early 1990s. She was 12 and 13 at the time.
Hayden's daughter, Stephanie, who also starred on the show, was arrested in 2014 on allegations of child abuse. She allegedly allowed her son to be physically abused by her husband. She has said that her father preyed on her as a child, and that her father raped one of the alleged victims "almost daily" for a year.
Hayden denied the allegations. A prosecutor, Sonya Cardia-Porter, called him a "master manipulator." He also faces separate rape charges for a trial scheduled to begin in July.
The Discovery Channel cancelled "Sons of Guns" upon hearing of the allegations and his subsequent arrest.
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