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New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies has confirmed actor/producer Alec Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter each. The charges haven’t been filed yet, but are likely to by the end of the month.
These charges come from the tragic on-set shooting death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin is possibly facing up to 18 months for involuntary manslaughter, but they must prove negligence. In New Mexico, it’s a mandatory 5-year prison sentence for the use of a gun in such a case.
“Nobody was checking those, or least they weren’t checking them consistently,” Carmack-Altwies said. “And then they somehow got loaded into a gun, handed off to Alec Baldwin; he didn’t check it, he didn’t do any of the things that he was supposed to do to make sure that he was safe or that anyone around him was safe. And then he pointed the gun at Halyna Hutchins and he pulled the trigger. This was a really fast and loose set, and … nobody was doing their job. There were three people, that if they had done their job that day, this tragedy wouldn’t have happened — and that’s David Halls and Hannah Gutierrez Reed and Alec Baldwin. If they had just done their basic duties, we wouldn’t be standing here.”
Assistant Director David Halls is facing a 6-month sentence with probation, and has signed a plea agreement for the charge of “negligent use of a deadly weapon.”
Alec Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas has since released a statement on behalf of his client:
“This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”
We’ll let you know what we hear about this and other news.