Jury Finds Will Hayden Guilty of Aggravated, Forcible Rape

Will Hayden, former star of Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns.”  The show was canceled in 2014 after Hayden was arrested on charges of rape.

Will Hayden will be spending the rest of his years behind bars after a jury found the former “Sons of Guns” reality TV star guilty of rape, reports The Advocate.

After a four-day trial in an East Baton Rouge Parish courtroom, the jury deliberated for about an hour before it reached its unanimous decision: GUILTY! The 51-year-old was found guilty on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape.

Aggravated rape carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Hayden will be sentenced on May 11.

Hayden was facing accusations from a 15-year-old girl and a 37-year-old woman in this case. The 15-year-old testified that Hayden raped her a number of times in 2013 and 2014 when she was 11 and 12 years old.

The 37-year-old woman said that Hayden raped her in the early 1990s when she was 12 and 13. She came forward after Hayden was arrested following accusations from the 15-year-old.

What launched the investigation into Hayden’s misconduct is when Rebecca Ramsey, his former personal assistant at Red Jacket Firearms, the business that was featured on “Sons of Guns,” walked in on Hayden kissing the girl in the living room of his home in Greenwell Springs Road on Aug. 4, 2014. Ramsey filed a report the next day with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Hayden has denied any wrongdoing. He even took the stand during the trial in an attempt to convince jurors he was innocent.

In response to Hayden’s testimony, prosecutor Sonya Cardia-Porter called Hayden a “master manipulator” who gave a “pretty well rehearsed” performance.

“Don’t let him manipulate you like he manipulated them all those years,” she told the jury.

Meanwhile, Hayden’s defense attorney Bo Rougeou stood behind his client and said that he was unflappable on the witness stand because he was telling the truth.

“I feel like I must have overlooked something,” Rougeou said. “The jury saw something I didn’t.”

Hayden’s legal troubles extend beyond East Baton Rouge Parish. He also faces an aggravated rape charge from the 15-year-old girl and a sex crime charge from his oldest daughter Stephanie Hayden in Livingston Parish.

In a post on Facebook, Stephanie Hayden, who also starred on “Sons of Guns,” addressed the verdict.

As many of you may have heard Will Hayden was found #guilty of multiple counts of rape. The sentence date has been set for May 11th and they are going for life. I have so much I want to say but as of right now this STILL isnt over yet. 3 years. After 3 years of family against family and more hardships than you can truly imagine, its still not over. He faces more charges in other parishes for the same types of acts. What I can say, and after being separated from her for years now &this may be the only way I can, is babygirl I am SO proud of you. You are truly stronger than anyone I have ever met. I love you so much, I hope you know I think about you every day. You are my hero.

Today is a new day. God bless every one of you, & I pray that your troubles be lifted in his name.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • ejharb June 9, 2017, 1:35 am

    The orange onesie with the trapdoor for bad billy.maybe your first but pillaging will give you the hiv reduced sentence.but the trail after they plant you is the humdinger.

  • John Dale Langford April 17, 2017, 1:19 am

    I did not care for the show always to much bickering. I bet ole Will gona get his teeth knocked out for easy access.

  • Ed Sjolin April 16, 2017, 9:27 am

    Hayden has, indeed, beshat his mess gear this go-round.

  • TexasJimK100 April 16, 2017, 3:28 am

    I kinda like his show, but if he was doing things of this nature then he should be locked up for life! What an idiot!

    I have always like the gun show,” Wild West Alaska,” gun shop with the gal and the rest of them in their shop selling guns and making what ever the customer needed done to their gun for use in Alaska.or anywhere. The crew of sales people and gunsmiths there seem like an honest bunch of folks and they always do what every it takes to get the gun sold! Much better show and quality people working there.

    Nothing fly-by-night like this RED JACK outfit. This guy was and is a complete creep and has a ass hat for a brain! He is going to where he needs to be and that is so Bubba and the rest of the gang can show him something he can contend with!!)) LOL

  • Anthony April 15, 2017, 8:14 am

    Where are all the people who supported him the first time it was mentioned on guns America.
    I remember how you all said how wonderful he was. ???????

  • shawn hulke April 15, 2017, 7:27 am

    hopefully they will have a new show about old Will and bubba. Probably name it Bubba knows best. good luck with that Will and keep your ass in a corner. Hehe .

  • Glenn61 April 15, 2017, 7:12 am

    sonumabitch is going down.

  • Louis Malta April 14, 2017, 7:37 pm

    I liked the show RED JACKET at the very first but as it grew like many other viewers it felt creepy Will Hayden a divorced man with a grown daughter on the show as the secretary who tried to keep her father the OWNER of RED JACKET. from bankrupting the company with his special secret projects that I thought all alone wanted to get rich quicker than being a star on a popular Gun show. I say he got greedy if he got a contract with the Army Navy Marines The Government he would come up with a gun or something the government could use and it would actually save our guys lives over seas fighting for their lives and when his head got so big during the show acting like a tyrant towards the other actors. In the middle and end of the show when I noticed he couldn’t make some of his ideas work correctly he would hand it over to the guy with the tats and long hair that actually knew what the hell he was doing would fix or get the gun machine gun or whatever Will thought of and make him(Will) look good.Finally the true gun guy quit I knew right then the show was over where could they go from there. They let the dumb ass kid that worked there that couldn’t wipe his But without help every thing he tried to do he would get someone to do his work well that was getting old so the producers went full circle and the dumb ass married Wills daughter which was way off base with guns.
    The smart guy that was a teacher and helped Will out was pretty smart but will I think wanted all the camera time and would tell the camera men what to do and made every other actor and employee fell like shit criticizing them and their work. Now his true identity showed its ugly head and the SOB is a child molester and a rapest and they say his own daughter One thing I know for sure his ex wife was the smartest person on the show and wasn’t on the show. I heard what the other prisoners do to a child molester and a rapist and I actually don’t fell sorry for him because that if true what they will do to rapist especially child 11-12 year old and threatening them if they told imagine what those children went through and will have to the rest of their lives.Will will get a lot of inhumane things done to him and what’s worse yes I said worse He will go to hell and get some other things shoved in his butt hole Oh I am sure he will get religion quickly like most of the hardened criminals because they know what’s waiting for them and they ask GOD to forgive them. I wouldn’t think so.

  • Ed April 14, 2017, 12:34 pm

    What does this have to do with the subject of this blog? Looks like you’re going tabloid on us. Let’s get back to guns and related stuff.

  • Gene April 14, 2017, 11:27 am

    Liked the show, but I always thought Will was a little off, and had a nitwit for a son-in-law

  • Mike April 14, 2017, 10:59 am

    Oh yea, isn’t that other guy with another show in hot water too?…the guy who had the hot wife and hot daughter…I forget what he did..anyone remember?

    • Mister Ronald April 14, 2017, 11:33 am

      That was a good show too. This guy was selling guns through another dealer because he lost his FFL due to (if I read it right) selling guns to people and not doing background checks as well as buying guns and not recording them.
      I did like both shows and I have a hard time understanding how these guys could get a successful show on TV and be as perverted and crooked and stupid as they are.

    • Dave April 16, 2017, 7:56 am

      I think you are referring to the show American Guns and Rich Wyatt. Yep he is in hot water with the feds over taxes and FFL violations. Hard to believe since he was actually a cop at one time.

  • Roger April 14, 2017, 8:28 am

    Will is going to prison where he will get a lot of guns up his butt.

    • Jonny5 April 15, 2017, 2:33 am

      For “guns” read “penis”.

  • ToddB April 14, 2017, 8:22 am

    Seems the people making these gun shows should put a little effort into checking out the people. Hayden lost his FFL, and as much as he claims innocence, a whole hour to convict, sort of says something, and he is still facing more charges. That other show about the family with the gun shop. The owner loved strutting around blowing tons of money buying guns, then come to find out he didn’t have an FFL either, seems sort of a basic thing if your gonna run a gun shop. And he used the shop as a personal piggy bank, while not paying taxes for years. Maybe try and find some honest people to make a show about.

  • Dan April 14, 2017, 5:49 am

    Pay back is ” Hell” ! I’m sure he regrets what he done , maybe to a certain degree! But, his BS has caught up with him! Now, it’s the piper turn! Rot in “Hell”, scumb bag!

  • Mr Manly Manliness April 14, 2017, 4:40 am

    I’m so glad this guy is getting put behind bars. I always thought he was creepy. This is a “Game Changer” isn’t Will?

  • Kygunner April 14, 2017, 3:14 am

    That guy always did creep me out. I couldn’t even watch the show because he was so weird, and I love gun shows.

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