In the “Rust” shoot, Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, announced Thursday that the actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s armorer, is facing the same charges, according to First Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies in a written statement.

According to the announcement Deputy Director David Halls “signed a plea agreement to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon” in addition to those charges.

“Halyna Hutchins would be alive today if any of these three people—Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls — had done their jobs,” said Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor appointed by Carmack-Altwies. “It’s that easy.”

According to Reeb, a review of the evidence in the case “clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for security” on the film’s set.

Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikasdescribed the decision to press charges as a “terrible miscarriage of justice” and a distortion of a tragedy.

“He trusted the professionals that he worked with who assured him that the gun had no bullets,” Nikas said in an NPR statement. “We will fight these charges and prevail.”

Baldwin was holding a Colt 45-caliber pistol when it fired a live round, killing Hutchins in October 2021. They were rehearsing a scene for a western at the time.

Baldwin has maintained that Hutchins died in a tragic accident, claiming he did not intentionally fire the weapon and had no idea it contained live ammunition when the film crew gathered to rehearse a scene.

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Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed are both charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, meaning they are being “subsidiarily charged.” Prosecutors have said they want a jury to decide not only whether the pair are guilty, but also what type of involuntary manslaughter should be applied to the events that led to Hutchins’ death.

Both charges are classified as fourth-degree felonies punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. If convicted of the more serious charge, which includes a firearms enhancement, Baldwin and/or Gutierrez-Reed face up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors would have to show that underlying negligence played a role in the shooting under the basic charge of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors said the charge would “likely” be combined with a misdemeanor charge of negligent use of a firearm.

The second charge is involuntary manslaughter in connection with a lawful act. Which would require prosecutors to prove that factors other than simple negligence played a role in Hutchins’ death. This version of the charge includes a firearms enhancement, meaning that if the actor or armorer is found guilty, they would face a mandatory five years in prison.

Gutierrez’s attorney, Reed’s Jason Bowles, told NPR that his client “is, and always has been, deeply affected by this tragic accident.” “However, she did not commit involuntary manslaughter.”

Bowles stated, referring to the official investigation as “flawed”, that “we intend to bring the full truth to light and believe that Hannah will be acquitted of wrongdoing by a jury.”

According to prosecutors, the charges will be formally filed by the end of this month, starting the case in the court system.

The decision comes after months of debate and accusations

The shooting has sparked a number of conflicting versions. And statements, including Baldwin’s claim that he did not pull the trigger on the gun, the The FBI’s denial of that claim. And Baldwin’s attorney’s claim that the FBI’s findings were “misinterpreted.”

As for how the bullet entered the gun, Gutierrez-Reed previously accused the film’s supplier of supplying live rounds rather than blanks or dummy rounds.

Hutchins’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin. And others involved in the film’s production last February claimed that “reckless behavior and cost-cutting” contributed to Hutchins’ death at the age of 42.

However, the lawsuit was dropped in October after the actor and Hutchins’ family reached an agreement. The deal included a call for Rust production to resume this month, with Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, added as an executive producer.

“I have no interest in making accusations or assigning blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” Matthew Hutchins said in a statement about the settlement. “We all believe that Halyna’s death was a tragic accident.” “I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment industry have come together to honor Halyna’s final work.”

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