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Movie Armorer Faces Prison For Fatal 'Rust' Set Shooting

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the former armorer at the movie "Rust," listens to closing arguments in her trial at district court, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Santa Fe, N.M. Gutierrez-Reed has been i

A movie weapons supervisor involved in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the film 'Rust' is facing a potential 18-month prison sentence. The incident occurred when actor Alec Baldwin, holding a gun, unintentionally discharged it, resulting in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

The supervisor, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for her role in the tragedy. She has been in custody for over a month and is awaiting sentencing in a New Mexico state court. Gutierrez-Reed could also face a $5,000 fine in addition to imprisonment.

Prosecutors argued that Gutierrez-Reed was responsible for bringing live ammunition onto the set, where it was prohibited, and for failing to adhere to basic gun safety protocols. Despite being acquitted of evidence tampering charges, she is also facing a separate felony charge for allegedly carrying a gun into a bar where firearms are not allowed.

While defense attorneys have requested leniency for Gutierrez-Reed, citing her young age and the potential long-term consequences of a felony conviction, the special prosecutor has urged the judge to impose the maximum prison sentence. The prosecutor described Gutierrez-Reed's actions as exceptionally reckless and emphasized the need for accountability.

Several individuals involved in the 'Rust' production have faced legal consequences. The assistant director and safety coordinator pleaded no contest to negligent firearm handling, while the props master avoided prosecution through cooperation with authorities.

Supporters of Gutierrez-Reed have highlighted her remorse and personal struggles, including anxiety and depression resulting from the intense media scrutiny. They have emphasized the importance of rehabilitation over punitive measures in her sentencing.

The upcoming trial of Alec Baldwin, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, is scheduled for July. The judge overseeing Gutierrez-Reed's case will also preside over Baldwin's trial, which will further examine the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident on the 'Rust' set.

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