The Star of the now defunct “Sons of Guns” television show, Will Hayden, seemed to have it all. A hit TV show and a thriving business that he owned and ran with his family.
What more could someone ask for? It seemed like the American dream come true for the Haydens.
However, what we now know is that there was a dark side to the Hayden family. One that involved multiple allegations of rape, including from his own daughter, against Will Hayden.
Hayden has been sitting in jail for months now as his trial progressed and now he has finally learned his fate. According to a local report:
After spending several years in the limelight in front of television cameras, former “Sons of Guns” reality TV personality Will Hayden will be sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars after a jury unanimously convicted him Friday of raping two preteen girls more than two decades apart in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The 51-year-old Hayden’s accusers, a 15-year-old girl and a 37-year-old woman who both no longer live in Louisiana, cried and hugged inside state District Judge Mike Erwin’s courtroom as the verdicts were announced: guilty on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape.
Hayden, of Greenwell Springs, will be sentenced May 11. Aggravated rape carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
The jury of six women and six men deliberated for an hour following four days of testimony, including emotionally charged testimony from the girl and woman.
The younger victim, who is currently only fifteen years old, was eleven and twelve when the sexual assaults took place.
Hayden actually took the stand in his own defense at one point and denied all allegations against him. However, prosecutor Sonya Cardia-Porter told the jury in her closing arguments, “Don’t let him manipulate you like he manipulated them all those years.”
Hayden will officially be sentenced on May 11th, however, the aggravated rape charge he was found guilty of carries an automatic and mandatory life in prison sentence.
“We no longer have victims in this case, we have survivors,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said following the announcement of the verdict. “This is the survivors’ day.”
Hayden also has pending charges in another Louisiana parish that also involve the alleged rape of a minor.