NM: Baldwin to be charged with manslaughter in fatal shooting on movie set, DA says

Source: NBC News

“Oscar-nominated actor Alec Baldwin will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico set of the Western movie ‘Rust,’ prosecutors said Thursday. Baldwin and the film’s armorer who was in charge of weapons on the set, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, will each face two counts of involuntary manslaughter …. ‘Rust’ first assistant director, David Halls, has agreed to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon, according to the DA’s office. ‘This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’[s] tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice,’ according to a statement by Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas. … Involuntary manslaughter is a fourth-degree felony and is normally punishable by up to 18 months behind bars and a $5,000 fine, prosecutors said. But a firearm enhancement on the charges could make the crime punishable by a mandatory sentence of five years in jail, prosecutors said.” (01/19/23)