Actor/producer Alec Baldwin and the armorer on the film “Rust” will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the on-set shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021, New Mexico prosecutors announced Thursday.

Baldwin and the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, will face charges of involuntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act. Prosecutors said the pair are being charged “in the alternative,” meaning it would be up to a jury to decide which level of involuntary manslaughter they allegedly committed in the Oct. 21, 2021, shooting.

Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed have both repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the shooting, which occurred on the set of the Western film “Rust” near Santa Fe. Baldwin fired the fatal shot from a prop gun while helping Hutchins, 42, and director Joel Souza set camera angles for a scene. The actor, who was also a producer on the film, has insisted he was told the gun was “cold,” or contained no live rounds. He has also insisted that while he pulled back the hammer on the weapon, he never pulled the trigger.

Attorneys for Gutierrez-Reed have also denied that she did anything wrong, even suggesting that others on the set tried to “sabotage” the production by mixing live rounds with blanks.

According to New Mexico First Judician Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, the film’s assistant director, David Halls, has signed a plea agreement to the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon. The deal calls for him to receive a suspended sentence and six months probation.

The charges against Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will be filed by the end of the month, Carmack-Altwies said.

“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the `Rust’ film crew,” Carmack-Altwies said in a statement. “On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”

The involuntary manslaughter charges carry possible sentences of 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. The charge of involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act will include a sentencing enhancement for use of a firearm, making that count punishable by up to five years in jail.

“If any one of these three people — Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed or David Halls — had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple,” said Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor appointed by the DA to the case. “The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the `Rust’ film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”

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