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Reality Star Will Spend The Rest Of His Life In Prison After Kids Come Forward

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Reality TV has made it easier than ever to become a star, and sometimes that's bad news. Not everyone is cut out for fame and fortune, and too many young reality TV staples have taken their own life, or died of substance abuse.

A new kind of tragedy has fans of reality TV reeling, as a former star of a Discovery Channel hit was sentenced to two life sentences plus an additional 40 years.


The Sentence

The tough sentence came down in a Louisiana Court House, while Will Hayden, star of the hit show Sons of Guns looked on.

One of his victims left the court house all smiles stopping only to say "thank god" when reporters asked for comment.

Hayden was arrested in 2014 amid allegations from a 15-year-old girl that he raped her and threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone. Another woman, 37, came forward and said she had also been raped decades earlier by Hayden when she was 13. He was found guilty on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape.

He is not eligible for parole, probation or reduction in sentence.

Sons of Guns

Sons of Guns

Sons of Guns ran for 3 years on Discovery Channel, following the exploits of Hayden and his firearm company Red Jacket Firearms.

The show centered around Hayden's custom gun shop building modifications for guns and rifles and then demonstrating the use of the new weapons.

Hayden ran his company with his daughter Stephanie Ford and her husband Kris Ford.

The show was abruptly canceled after Hayden's arrest. Executives at Discovery quickly distanced themselves from the man who also starred in several episodes of other reality shows like American Guns or American Chopper.

The Crime

Click to the next page to hear about Hayden's heinous crime

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