Will Haden will now serve not one, not two but three concurrent life sentences for rape. Oh yeah, and an additional 10 years for aggravated incest.
The former star of Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” got slapped with his third life sentence last week after pleading no contest to two rape charges in Livingston Parish, reports WAFB.
“We thought that this was the best resolution to this to protect the victims from having to endure any additional trauma by having to come and testify in court once again,” Assistant District Attorney David Guidry said. “But yet it satisfy our obligation to the public for public safety to make sure that this defendant stays in jail for the rest of his life.”
Hayden received two life sentences plus 40 years back in April when he was convicted on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape in East Baton Rouge Parish.
In total, Four victims made claims against Hayden, including a 15-year-old girl who testified that Hayden raped her a number of times in 2013 and 2014 when she was 11 and 12 years old and a 37-year-old woman who claimed Hayden raped her in the early 90s’ when she was 11 and 12 years old.
What sparked the investigation into Hayden’s history of raping preteen girls was when his personal assistant at Red Jacket Firearms, the business showcased on “Sons of Guns,” walked in on Hayden kissing the young girl in the living room of his home on Aug. 4, 2014.
The next day, the assistant filed a report with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
During the trial in East Baton Rouge, Hayden took the stand to make the case that he was an innocent man. However, given the evidence, including the testimony from the victims, a jury of his peers didn’t believe him. He was found guilty after about an hour of deliberation.
Hayden, 52, is not eligible for parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. He will spend the rest of his life in custody, reports WAFB.