Alec Baldwin and ‘Rust’ Armorer to Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in Shooting Death https://t.co/ZERtNJuQk5
— Variety (@Variety) January 19, 2023
Alec Baldwin and the armorer on the set of “Rust” will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021.
Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed each face two counts of involuntary manslaughter, which each carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail. They also will be charged with an enhancement for use of a firearm which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.
Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed each face two counts of involuntary manslaughter, which each carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail. They also will be charged with an enhancement for use of a firearm which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years..
“If any one of these three people — Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed or David Halls — had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today,” said Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor appointed by Carmack-Altwies to oversee the case, in a statement. “It’s that simple. The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”
The prosecutor’s office opted not to file charges against Sarah Zachry, the propmaster who worked closely with Gutierrez Reed, or Seth Kenney, the weapons supplier. Both have been named as defendants in several civil suits.
Ultimately, I believe Baldwin is responsible because he was the executive producer, and gun safety was effectively his responsibility. Not just when he had the gun in hand but in hiring and overseeing a propmaster, armorer, and crew that mishandled the gun and live ammo that made this accident possible.
He’s gonna spend a lot of money on his legal defense.
Speaking of, per the civil suit, if counsel needs a firearms expert for the defense of the gun manufacturer, go ahead and send me an email. My consulting services are available.