Former reality TV star Will Hayden has been sentenced to life in prison for raping two girls in Louisiana.
The 51-year-old was sentenced on Thursday to two life sentences, plus 40 years to run consecutively, and he will not be eligible for probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
Hayden, who appeared on the show, Sons of Guns, was found guilty last month on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape for abusing two girls.
The Advocate reports one of Hayden’s two victims was in court on Thursday when the sentence was handed down.
The 37-year-old woman smiled and said ‘thank God’ as she left the courtroom. The younger victim, who is now 15, did not attend the sentencing.
The older woman, who now has three children and is engaged, testified at Hayden’s trial that he raped her twice in the early 1990s when she was 12 and 13. She told the court Hayden – who was in his 20s at the time – raped her the first time in his apartment after they smoked marijuana.
‘The next thing I remember is him on top of me,’ she testified in April, according to the newspapaer.
‘I was scared. I didn’t know what was happening. I wanted to leave and I couldn’t.
‘It hurt. I couldn’t physically do anything. I just remember thinking I wanted this to end.’
His younger victim testified she was raped repeatedly in 2013 and 2014 when she was 11 and 12. The teenage girl told the court the attacks took place in Hayden’s home and his truck.
Hayden denied the allegations during the trial, however he was found guilty by a jury in less than an hour.
He is also still facing two other charges – one relating to the same 15-year-old girl who testified against him, as well as his daughter, Stephanie.
Stephanie Hayden told the Dr Phil Show in 2014 her father entered her bedroom one night in the mid-1990s and kissed her while trying to undress her. Stephanie said her father was drunk at the time.
She added she escaped her father’s grasps that night, and that he never touched her inappropriately again.
The accusations and Hayden’s arrest led to the cancellation of the television show, Sons of Guns.
Hayden was also removed as owner of his company, Red Jacket Firearms.