Prosecutor Has Dismissed The Gun Charge Against Alec Baldwin

According to newly released court documents on Monday, prosecutors have withdrawn the potential of a sentencing enhancement that might have resulted in a mandatory five-year sentence for Alec Baldwin in a fatal film set shooting.

Attorneys for the actor-producer had previously objected to the increase, arguing that it was unconstitutional because it was introduced after the October 2021 filming.

Baldwin’s attorneys stated in a previous court filing, “By charging Mr. Baldwin under a version of the firearm-enhancement statute that was not in effect at the time of the accident, the prosecution made a crucial legal mistake.”

The attorney for Baldwin declined to comment.

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Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons supervisor on the “Rust” set, was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter last month in connection with the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died shortly after being wounded during rehearsals at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe.

According to authorities, Baldwin had a revolver pointed at Hutchins when it discharged, killing her and wounded director Joel Souza.

The parents and sister of Hutchins have launched a lawsuit over the shooting after the settlement of a similar complaint made by her husband and children.

The production of “Rust” is set to restart this spring after being halted due to the shooting. Rust Movie Productions said that Matthew Hutchins, the widower of Hutchins, will serve as the film’s new executive producer, while Blanca Cline will serve as its new cinematographer.

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Rust Movie Productions announced this week that an accompanying documentary will cover the film’s completion and the life of Halyna Hutchins.

When shooting resumes, Souza will return as director. However, it is unknown in which state filming will occur.

Officials from Rust Movie Productions have stated that “functioning firearms” and “any sort of ammunition” will not be permitted on the film set.