Sabi Prosecutor Says Gun Enhancements Are Wrong
An image of cinematographer Halina Hutchins, who was shot dead by Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie The Last, at a memorial service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 23, 2021.
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New Mexico prosecutors have admitted that Alec Baldwin was wrongfully charged with an additional fine that carries a possible five-year prison sentence, the movie star’s attorney filed in court this week.
Baldwin’s lawyer They argued that because the law changed in May 2022, seven months after the fatal shooting of Halina Hutchins in October 2021, it did not apply to Baldwin’s case. Baldwin’s legal team dropped the allegations on Monday.
The film’s producer, Baldwin, had the gun that fired the bullet that killed Hutchins. The actor, who also appeared in “The Departed” and “Beetlejuice,” denies he pulled the trigger. Film armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reid was also charged with two counts of manslaughter, one of which involved her having a firearm hardened. Gutierrez-Reed’s charges were also downgraded.
Two days after Baldwin’s defense filed its complaint on February 10, Special Counsel Andrea Reeve wrote in an email:Prosecutor’s spokesperson told CNBCThe prosecutor referred to Baldwin’s attorney as saying: “Fancy Lawyer”.
But according to Baldwin’s team, filing on monday22 minutes after Reeb sent her first email, she followed up with:
A few hours later, Reeb sent out a third email, admitting the prosecutor was wrong and agreeing “100%” with Baldwin’s lawyer’s assessment of firearm enhancements.
“Drafting our documents to amend crime information to remove firearm enhancements,” she wrote.
Prosecutors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The email was sent on February 12th.A few days later, the prosecutor officially reduce the priceremoves the firearm enhancement that, if convicted, could have landed Baldwin over five years in prison.
Baldwin’s attorney wants Reeve to drop the lawsuit. They filed a motion on February 7, arguing that she was “not constitutionally authorized” to serve as prosecutor in the case, given that she also serves in the New Mexico legislature. Article 3 of the New Mexico Constitution Prohibits persons who work for one government agency from performing duties for another agency.
Baldwin still faces involuntary manslaughter He faces a possible 18-month prison sentence for his role in the fatal shooting of Hutchins, who was the cinematographer on the set of “The Last.”
In addition to the criminal proceedings, Hutchins’ mother, father, and sister Civil Lawsuit Against Baldwin People involved in the production of Rust. Hutchins’ widower, Matthew Hutchins, settled his own civil lawsuit Baldwin match in October. He is currently the Executive Producer of Rust.
Producer announced earlier this month Rust will resume filming this spring, and a documentary about Hutchins’ life and work will also begin production. Production will resume in Montana, producers said Wednesday.
Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed are scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Friday morning local time at a remote hearing.
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/02/22/alec-baldwin-rust-prosecutor-gun-enhancement.html Sabi Prosecutor Says Gun Enhancements Are Wrong