The Discovery Channel aired reality show Sons of Guns for five seasons before star Will Hayden was accused of rape in 2014, at which point the network canceled the series, citing the “serious and horrific nature of the charges." That same year, his daughter and son-in-law were also arrested for a separate incident.
So, where are the three of them now, and what happened to the Sons of Guns stars who remained in good standing with the law? Read all about their post-TV lives below.
Will is currently serving three life sentences. In April, he was found guilty on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape for attacking two young girls, one in the 1990s and another in 2013. Both were around the ages of 12 or 13 at the time of the crime, WAFB reports. A few months later, he pleaded no contest to two more rape charges: aggravated rape and aggravated incest. Will has no possibility of parole, so he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail.
Stephanie Hayden Ford & Kris Ford
Will’s daughter and her husband were also handcuffed in 2014. He was arrested on a count of cruelty to juveniles, and she faced a charge of being a principal to cruelty to juveniles, as The Advocate reported. Stephanie’s then-nine-year-old son’s father, William Scott, accused Kris of striking the boy with a belt hard enough to leave a bruise while Stephanie watched. No further news about this case appears to be available online.
Stephanie also made accusations against her father, telling Dr. Phil in 2014 that Will groped her when she was 12. “I’m very afraid of him,” she said.
Joe Meaux & Charlie Watson
Former Red Jacket Firearms co-owner Joe rebounded from the Hayden family scandal by opening two new businesses down the street: a gun retail store called Meaux Guns and a gun manufacturing operation called Aklys Defense. “It was a drama-infused environment,” he said of filming the TV show during a 2015 interview with The Times-Picayune. “Being able to get away from that… it’s been a lot less stress.”
Charlie now works at Aklys Defense, according to his Facebook profile. As of that 2015 Times-Picayune article, he was still a co-owner of Red Jacket Firearms. Joe told the newspaper he hoped the brand would recover from the negative press.