Alec Baldwin could face up to five years behind bars if convicted in the death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, but the disgraced actor has vowed to fight the charges.
What charges does Alec Baldwin face?
Baldwin, 64, faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the October 2021 death of Hutchins on the set of the Western film.
The “30 Rock” star, who accidentally fired the fatal shot that killed Hutchins, was charged “alternatively,” meaning if convicted, the jury will have to choose between two charges .
How much jail time could he get?
The first charge, involuntary manslaughter, is a fourth-degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.
The second charge, manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act, is also punishable by up to 18 months in prison, but prosecutors added a firearm enhancement to the charge, which would require Baldwin to serve five years behind bars
Alec Baldwin could face up to five years in prison for the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.”Santa Fe County Sheriff
Who else will be charged?
The film’s novel gunfighter, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who loaded the prop gun that Baldwin fired, faces the same charges as the actor.
How have they responded?
Both accused parties have denied responsibility for the death of the 42-year-old mother and have denounced the charges.
The disgraced actor was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the October 2021 shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins.Jae C. Hong/AP
“This decision distorts the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice,” Luke Nikas, the attorney representing Baldwin, told The Post, saying he would “fight these charges and … win.”
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“Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun, or anywhere on the movie set. He trusted the professionals he was working with, who assured him that the gun had no live rounds,” he said.
Jason Bowles, Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney, told The Post that his client “did not commit involuntary manslaughter” and said the prosecutor’s investigation into the shooting was “deeply flawed.”
Baldwin settled a civil lawsuit with Hutchins’ family in October.
The scene of the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico.
Baldwin was interviewed by police after the shooting.
Could Baldwin beat the charges?
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Lou Shapiro said it’s possible Baldwin could come out on top, especially since he already settled a civil lawsuit over the shooting with Hutchins’ family in October.
He said prosecutors don’t have “an easy sell” for Baldwin “because there were several other people who handled this gun before him.”
However, Baldwin’s role as a producer on “Rust” could work against him.
Baldwin’s attorney told The Post that he will fight the charges and win.Jim Weber/The New Mexican
“If he was just an actor, I don’t know if he would have been charged,” Shapiro said. “I think being a producer on a set comes with a certain responsibility in terms of what happens on set.”
Baldwin’s spokesperson will likely blame Gutierrez-Reed and other crew members, as his lawyers could claim the actor hired experts to make sure the set was safe.
“That’s going to be their defense — that these experts had a job and they didn’t do their job,” Shapiro said.