Rust armorer sentenced to 18 months for fatal shooting

In a recent development in the case of the fatal on-set shooting during the filming of the movie Rust, movie armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. The incident occurred when actor Alec Baldwin was pointing a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and the gun discharged, resulting in Hutchins' death and the injury of director Joel Souza.

Gutierrez-Reed was found guilty by a jury for mistakenly loading a live round into the gun used in the scene, which led to the tragic outcome. The sentencing was delivered by New Mexico Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, who is also overseeing the case against Baldwin, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and is scheduled for trial in July.

Prosecutors in the case blamed Gutierrez-Reed for bringing live ammunition onto the set of the film, where it was prohibited, and for failing to adhere to basic gun safety protocols. Despite being acquitted of tampering with evidence during the investigation, Gutierrez-Reed also faces a separate felony charge for allegedly carrying a gun into a bar where firearms are prohibited.

The sentencing of Gutierrez-Reed marks a significant development in the ongoing legal proceedings surrounding the tragic incident on the set of Rust. The case has raised important questions about safety protocols on film sets and the responsibilities of those involved in handling firearms during productions. As the legal process continues, the industry and the public will be closely following the outcomes of the trials involving both Gutierrez-Reed and Baldwin.


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