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25 years for ex-Saint's killer in 'profoundly sad' case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Calling it a "profoundly sad and tragic" case, a judge sentenced a 29-year-old New Orleans man to 25 years in prison for killing former Saints star Will Smith and wounding Smith's wife after an April 2016 traffic crash.

Thursday's sentencing by Louisiana Judge Camille Buras was the culmination of a case that riveted the city for more than a year. It capped two days of shattering, sad and sometimes bitter pre-sentence testimony: from Smith's widow, sister and Saints coach Sean Payton among others on Wednesday; from shooter Cardell Hayes, his mother, friends and loved ones on Thursday.

Hayes had faced up to 60 years if given consecutive maximum terms for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, as prosecutors had urged. Instead, Buras gave him 15 years for shooting Racquel Smith in the legs, to be served at the same time as the manslaughter sentence.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Atlanta 1150.688
Tampa Bay 970.563
New Orleans 790.438
Carolina 6100.375
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: D. Brees5208
Pass TDs: D. Brees37
Rush Yds: M. Ingram1043
Rush TDs: M. Ingram6
Rec Yds: B. Cooks1173
Rec TDs: M. Thomas9
Int: J. Byrd2
Sacks: C. Jordan7.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6816 (1)
Passing Yards: 5258 (1)
Rushing Yards: 1742 (16)
Points per game: 29.3 (2)
Yards per game: 426.0 (1)
Touchdowns: 55 (2)
Field Goals: 28 (13)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 6006 (27)
Passing Yards: 4593 (31)
Rushing Yards: 1626 (14)
Points per game: 28.4 (31)
Yards per game: 375.4 (27)
Touchdowns: 46 (30)
Field Goals: 32 (26)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/11 J. Laurinaitis retired
4/5 L. McCown cut
3/30 R. Bush signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/29 C. Daniel signed One-year contract (through 2017)
3/29 J. Phillips re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/23 D. Tapp re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/22 S. Moore re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/21 M. Te'o signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
3/17 T. Cadet re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/14 A. Okafor signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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