Hannah Gutierrez-Reed: The gunsmith of the 'Rust case', sentenced to 18 months in jail for the involuntary manslaughter of Halyna Hutchins | Culture | EUROtoday

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On March 7, a New Mexico jury introduced that Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who labored as a gunsmith through the filming of the movie Rust, starring Alec Baldwin, during which Halyna Hutchins, director of images, died, had been discovered responsible of manslaughter. However, it was this Monday, six weeks later, when the sentence that Gutierrez Reed faces grew to become identified: he must spend 18 months in jail. It is the utmost relevant penalty, the identical one which Baldwin will face at his trial subsequent July.

The trial started in February and on the listening to prosecutors argued that Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 26 (24 when the occasions occurred), had been careless along with her work. The younger girl is the daughter of a weapons marketing consultant identified within the movie world, however she was very inexperienced on the time, they said. She was the one who managed each the weapons and the ammunition, and subsequently the prosecutors claimed that she was accountable for the truth that through the filming, in October 2021, there was an actual bullet within the gun fired by the actor Alec Baldwin and that hit Hutchins, who died shortly afterwards.

After understanding the results of the deliberation on March 7, Gutierrez Reed was despatched to jail by the choose within the case, Mary Marlowe Sommer, and this Monday she went to the Santa Fe court docket to listen to the decision (she has not testified in her protection) and in addition to learn an announcement, during which he said: “The first and foremost thing is that I suffer for the family and friends of the Hutchins family, and this has been the case since the day of the tragedy.” She additionally mentioned: “I understand that she died too soon, and I pray that everyone finds peace.” She herself has assured via tears that she was “young and naive” to simply accept that job, however that regardless of all the pieces she tried to take it as critically as she knew how.

She has additionally said that she has been saddened by the best way during which “this traumatic tragedy” has develop into the stuff of sensationalism and during which she has been portrayed “as a complete monster”: “Despite not having the time, the resources and staff, when things got difficult I did everything I could to handle the situation,” he mentioned in his written assertion. “The jury has found me partly guilty of this horrific tragedy, but that does not make me a monster, but a human being.” Her legal professionals will attraction, as they guarantee that she has needed to endure “collateral consequences much harsher than those most defendants must face.”

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Halyna Hutchins, on the Sundance Film Festival, in January 2018 in Park City, Utah.Mat Hayward (Getty)

Lawyers for Halyna Hutchins' household, the well-known Gloria Allred and John Carpenter, have said that the household is “satisfied” with the end result. “We hope that justice continues to ensure that all others responsible for Halyna's death have to face the legal consequences of her actions,” they mentioned.

For her half, the prosecutor, Kari T. Morrissey, has assured that each time there have been photographs with faux bullets, “it was Russian roulette,” in reference to the hazard of discovering genuine weapons materials combined with faux ones. On the day of the film, there will need to have been six blanks loaded within the gun, however one, the one which killed Hutchins, turned out to be real. “Honestly, during this process I have hoped that there would be some moment in which Gutierrez Reed took responsibility for him, expressed some level of remorse that was genuine, and that moment has never come,” she mentioned harshly.

The younger girl additionally faces one other cost, which prosecutors found through the trial, for carrying a firearm in an institution licensed to promote alcoholic drinks. She has pleaded not responsible.

For his half, Alec Baldwin has already pleaded not responsible, however the star and producer of the movie will probably be tried in July. He was already accused of involuntary manslaughter for the primary time in January 2023, however prosecutors ended up dropping the costs only a few weeks later once they discovered that the gun in query was modified. However, this yr a grand jury returned a legal indictment after discovering new proof. Jury choice will start on July 9 and the listening to is predicted to last as long as 10 days. He additionally faces 18 months in jail.

Prosecutors declare that he ought to have made positive that the revolver was loaded with non-authentic blanks, though he denies accountability and claims that he was instructed that the bullets weren’t genuine, and that he trusted the gear. The actor has argued that he by no means pulled the set off of the gun in query, however the knowledgeable reviews carried out by each the FBI and impartial specialists agree that, for the gun to fireplace, he needed to pull the set off.

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