Cardell Hayes, the man convicted of shooting and killing former Saints player Will Smith has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, Judge Camille Buras ruled Thursday.

Hayes was given 25 years for manslaughter for killing Will Smith and 15 years for attempted manslaughter for wounding Racquel Smith. Those sentences will be served concurrently, amounting to 25 years in prison.

Hayes was expected to face anywhere between 20 and 60 years. Judge Buras said a sentence any less than that would deprecate the seriousness of the offense.

Before noon, during testimony, an emotional Hayes told the family of Smith that he wishes he would’ve died instead instead of Smith the night he gunned down the former New Orleans Saints star on a Lower Garden District street after a road-rage incident.

“I should have just let him (Smith) kill me,” said Hayes, who faces decades behind bars for the killing of Smith and the wounding of his wife. “Being away from my son for 60 years, what’s the difference from being dead?”

His words began the second day of testimony in his sentencing hearing, a morning punctuated by highly-emotional testimony from Hayes’ mother, who pleaded with the court to lock her up instead.