Alec Baldwin, the far-left actor who shot and killed a 42-year-old cinematographer and injured director Joel Souza with a live round from a prop gun in 2021, is to be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and Special Prosecutor Andrea Reeb announced the charges to be placed against Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for their roles in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie ‘Rust.’
This announcement was made on Thursday and released in a written statement.
Meanwhile, Rust’s Assistant Director David Hall has signed a plea agreement for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon. The terms reportedly include a suspended sentence and six months of probation.
“If any one of these three people – Alec Baldwin, Hannah Guttierez-Reed, of David Halls – had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” said Reed.
“The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set,” continued the prosecutor. “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.”
These charges will be formally filed by the end of the month, after which the defendants will have to appear in court.
DA Carmack-Altwies said, “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. On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”
A statement from the office of Carmack-Altwies said, “Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be ‘charged in the alternative’ with the two counts of manslaughter, meaning that a jury would decide not simply if they were guilty, but under which definition of involuntary manslaughter they were guilty.”
Baldwin’s attorney responded to the announcement of the charges, calling them a “terrible miscarriage of justice.”
“This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice,” said attorney Luke Nikas. “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.”
In the state of New Mexico, involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony that carries an 18-month jail sentence and a $5,000 fine.