Alec Baldwin To Be Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting

Alec Baldwin was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the tragic, accidental shooting on the set of Rust on Thursday, January 19. The charges against the actor, 64, were announced by the Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies

Prop armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was also charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. 

There will be a preliminary hearing for Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed. Assistant director David Hall was also revealed to have taken a plea agreement for negligent use of a deadly weapon. He received six months of probation and a suspended sentence.

The DA shared that both the actor and armorer would be “charged in the alternative,” meaning a jury will decide which count of involuntary manslaughter they should be charged with if they are found guilty. 

If they’re found guilty on the first charge, they will face up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. 

The first charge also includes a misdemeanor negligent use of a firearm charge. The second charge would carry the same prison time and fine, but would include a firearm enhancement, which may also include an additional five years in jail.

Carmack-Altwies announced the charges in a statement, received by HollywoodLife. “After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” she said.

Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel said that the actor would fight the charges in a statement, obtained by HollywoodLife. “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,” he said.

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