According to a report from The New York Post, actor Alec Baldwin has been officially charged in the shooting death of Halyna Hutchins; he was hit with two felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act.
From The New York Post:
Hutchins – a 42-year-old married mother – was fatally shot in New Mexico on the film set on Oct. 21, 2021 when Baldwin fired a prop gun with a live round. Director Joel Souza, was also injured in the accident.
Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed are both charged “in the alternative” – meaning a jury can only convict them of one of the two counts they face. The first count comes with a maximum sentence of 18 months behind bars, while the second carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison.
Both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed – a rookie armorer – have maintained their innocence while Assistant Director David Halls agreed to take a misdemeanor plea deal for handing the loaded gun to Baldwin.
Baldwin insists he never pulled the trigger and shifted blame to others during a CNN interview last year.
“In his interview with CNN, Baldwin placed responsibility for the tragedy on Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who served as the armorer and props assistant on the film, and assistant director Dave Halls, who handed him the gun. Through their respective attorneys, both Gutierrez Reed and Halls accused Baldwin of deflecting blame onto others,” CNN reported at the time.
“Someone put a live bullet in the gun who should have known better,” Baldwin said. “That was [Gutierrez Reed’s] job. Her job was to look at the ammunition and put in the dummy round or the blank round, and there wasn’t supposed to be any live rounds on the set.
“There are two people who didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” he added. “I’m not sitting there saying I want them to, you know, go to prison, or I want their lives to be hell. I don’t want that, but I want everybody to know that those are the two people that are responsible for what happened.”
“Why didn’t [Gutierrez Reed] check that bullet? Why didn’t Halls obey her?” Baldwin continued. “Why did he give me the gun? Why didn’t he check? Why did he tell the crew [it was a cold gun]?”
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