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‘Son of guns’ reality TV star Will Hayden found guilty of raping two girls — faces life sentence

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“Son of Guns” reality TV star Will Hayden was convicted Friday of raping two girls in Louisiana and faces a possible life sentence in prison for the crimes.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that Hayden was found guilty in East Baton Rouge Parish Court after two women testified that they were raped by Hayden, although the crimes took place years apart.

The Baton Rouge Advocate said that Hayden, 51, was found guilty in a unanimous vote by the jury, who heard testimony from two victims — a 15-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped by Hayden between the ages of 11 and 12 and a 37-year-old woman who was assaulted on multiple occasions between the ages of 12 and 13.

Hayden, 51, was the star of the Discovery Channel reality TV series “Son of Guns,” which detailed the daily life around Hayden’s gun shop Red Jacket Firearms. Discovery TV pulled the show from the airwaves when Hayden was first arrested in 2014.

District Judge Mike Erwin presided over the reading of the jury’s verdict on Friday. Hayden was found guilty on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape. Aggravated rape in Louisiana carries a mandatory life sentence in prison. Hayden will be sentenced on May 11.

Prosecutor Sonya Cardia-Porter described Hayden as a “master manipulator” whose jury testimony, she said, was a “well-rehearsed performance” designed to play on their sympathy and allay blame for his crimes.

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After Hayden’s arrest in August, 2014 for the rape of the then 14-year-old victim, the second victim came forward after 22 years of silence.

Hayden faces additional charges for the rape of a girl in Livingston Parish. That trial is scheduled to begin in July.

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Viewers revolt after Meghan McCain slurs Joy Behar: ‘Go back to Fox News’

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Meghan McCain dropped the B-word on air during an argument with Joy Behar, and social media users were just as shocked as the "The View" studio audience.

She and co-host Joy Behar were arguing over Trump supporters when McCain blew up.

“Being the sacrificial Republican every day,” she said. “I’m just trying to — don’t feel bad for me, bitch. I’m paid to do this, okay? Don’t feel bad for me.”

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Florida Republicans concoct a new scheme to make it harder for students to vote

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Florida Republicans do not want to make voting easy for college students — a demographic that leans heavily Democratic.

Former GOP Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, took that to the extreme in 2014, with an order banning county election officials from setting up any early voting sites on college campuses. Last year, following a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, federal District Judge Mark Walker struck down that order as an unconstitutional burden on students' voting rights. As a result, some 60,000 people were able to vote early on 11 college campuses in Florida in 2018.

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Trump flips out over ‘RIGGED’ hearings as Democrats grill Hope Hicks

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President Donald Trump ranted on Twitter while his former communications director testified before the House Judiciary Committee.

Hope Hicks complied with a congressional subpoena and testified behind closed doors to the Democrat-led panel, and the president raged online as word leaked out that a White House lawyer was objecting to many of the questions about her government service.

"The Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, so after almost 3 years, they want a Redo, or Do Over. This is extreme Presidential Harassment," Trump tweeted. "They gave Crooked Hillary’s people complete Immunity, yet now they bring back Hope Hicks."

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