The “Rust” Incident…Alec Baldwin’s Firearm Enhancement Charge Dropped

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Alec Baldwin's Firearm Enhancement Charge Dropped

The main charge against Alec Baldwin of “arms enhancement” related to the murder of director of photography Helena Hutchins, who was fatally shot on the set of Rust, has been dropped . 

This comes after Baldwin’s attorney filed a motion criticizing prosecutors for prosecuting the actor for using a law that did not apply at the time of the shooting, as New Mexico state law says a gun enhancement charge can only be applied if the weapon was brandished, meaning the weapon was displayed with the intent to intimidate or intimidate. injury to anyone.

 This is clearly not the case with Baldwin . Prosecutors felt that Baldwin could be charged after a recent amendment to the Gun Enhancement Act, adding “no waving required” to prove the charge, when this law was not enacted until 7 months after the shooting.

As reported by international websites and newspapers, Baldwin’s accusation of manslaughter in the death of Helena Hutchins was initially dealt with on charges of weapon enhancement, that is, using a gun to commit the crime, and this does not apply to the case of Alec Baldwin. If proven guilty and Baldwin convicted, he faces a minimum of 5 years in prison. 

Now that that legal provision has been bypassed, if Baldwin is convicted of manslaughter he will face up to 18 months behind bars, but a judge could grant him less, or even probation.

Alec Baldwin charged with manslaughter

Actor Alec Baldwin has been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter by a New Mexico judicial court for firing a handgun containing live ammunition at cinematographer Halena Hutchins while filming Rust. Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the film when the shooting took place on a ranch near Sante Fe, New Mexico in October 2021.

The actor faces two criminal charges tied to the 2021 homicide, along with the movie’s weapons handler Hana Gutierrez Reed. Consequently, prosecutors must persuade jury members that Baldwin was not just negligent when it comes to using his firearm but also acted recklessly–which could lead him up to five years in prison if convicted.