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Today, New Mexico prosecutors formally charged actor Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of 44-year-old Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western movie “Rust.”
In addition, the Rust “armorer” was also charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Alec Baldwin and the armorer on the set of “Rust” will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021.
Baldwin fired the shot that killed Hutchins while preparing to film a scene in the church building of the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, N.M. The armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, loaded the weapon.
And there are additional charges against the two:
Mary Carmack-Altwies, the First Judicial District Attorney in Santa Fe, announced the charges in a statement on Thursday.
Baldwin and Gutierrez Reed will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, which each carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail. They also face an enhancement for use of a firearm which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.
The assistant director who “cleared” the gun on set has plead guilty:
The prosecutor also announced that Dave Halls, the film’s first assistant director, has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of “negligent use of a deadly weapon.” Halls handed the loaded Colt .45 to Baldwin. Under the plea agreement, Halls will be given six months of probation but will not serve jail time.
Special Prosector Reeb summed up this entire tragedy with one sentence that explains exactly why Alec (and Hannah) had to be charged in this case:
SPECIAL PROSECTOR REEB: “If any one of these three people—Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls—had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple"
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) January 19, 2023
The internet erupted when the news came down. Here are some of the top reactions to the charges:
Guns don’t kill people.
Alec Baldwin does.
— Joey M. (@JoeyFromPhilly) January 19, 2023
FACT: Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger… and not in self defense.
— Gunther Eagleman™ (@GuntherEagleman) January 19, 2023
Alec Baldwin roams free despite being charged with involuntary manslaughter while there are J6 prisoners locked up for months on end for the crime of protesting their corrupt government
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) January 19, 2023
Maybe Alec Baldwin will be lucky enough to share a cell with Michael Avenatti.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 19, 2023
There were more guns on the set of Alec Baldwin’s movie Rust than there were on January 6th protestors yet media labels it an insurrection. Unarmed people have never carried out an insurrection. The insurrection narrative is a basic IQ test.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) January 19, 2023
Study Finds Massive Spike In People Getting Shot By Alec Baldwin Under Biden Administration https://t.co/MvOzzRLLt8
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) January 19, 2023
You may recall that back in April of 2022, Alec Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that his “insider sources” within the sheriff’s department told him it was “highly unlikely” that he’d be criminally charged in relation to the shooting.
Alec might want to get some better “sources.”
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