After a cinematographer was fatally shot on the set of the 2021 western Rust, prosecutors decided to indict gun-wielding actor Alec Baldwin and the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed on two counts of manslaughter.
Baldwin was holding the prop when live ammunition fired from the pistol struck and killed Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin claims he didn’t pull the trigger. The actor also claimed that he did not know that the gun he was firing during the training session had live ammunition.
Here’s all the information you need to know about fees.
What does manslaughter mean?
Manslaughter is the crime of unlawfully but unintentionally killing another human being.
In New Mexico, where the shot was fired, state law classifies manslaughter as a fourth degree felony.
The Act reads: “Involuntary homicide is murder committed as a result of committing an unlawful act that is not a crime, or as a result of committing a lawful act that could cause death unlawfully or without due caution and prudence.”
In order for the jury to choose which particular number would be more appropriate, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed are charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
According to the prosecution, conviction in both cases carries a penalty of up to $5,000 in fines and 18 months in prison.
However, one definition would include the additional punishment required because a gun was involved. According to the prosecutor’s office, this crime could result in a mandatory sentence of five years in prison.
Charges will be formally filed later this month, and the couple will have to attend their first court hearing, which they can hold via video.
What is a homicide?
Homicide is the crime of killing a person without prior thought.
In other words, homicide is homicide, which is the unintentional killing of another person. These cases are treated as crimes much less serious than homicides.
Who else is accused?
Prosecutors say that in addition to Baldwin, Rust’s armorer Gutierrez-Reed will face two counts of manslaughter for killing Hutchins on the set of the film.
Gutierrez-Reed claimed in March 2022 that she had not been contacted to investigate the firearm that eventually fired a live bullet, fatally wounding Hutchins. She added that Baldwin was responsible for helping ensure the safety of the crew, and she had no knowledge of what was going on at the church set up on that particular day.
David Halls, the film’s assistant director, has entered into a plea deal “on charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon,” the district attorney’s office said Thursday (January 20). Halls gave Baldwin a revolver before the fatal shootout. According to the prosecutor’s office, the agreement provides for a suspended sentence and a six-month probationary period.
Director Joel Souza has not been charged. The district attorney says he has no plans to prosecute anyone else involved in the production.