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‘Rust’ Armorer Gets Maximum 18 Months In Prison—Judge Says She Won’t ‘Take Accountability’

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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the set of “Rust” who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot on set and died, was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 18 months in prison on Monday.

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Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer gave the maximum sentence as Gutierrez-Reed did not “take accountability in her allocution,” did not apologize for what she did and is not remorseful for her role, adding: “Your attorney had to tell the court you were remorseful.”

Gutierrez-Reed said before sentencing that her “heart goes out to the film industry for the devastating pain that this tragedy caused.”

Gutierrez-Reed was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March following a trial that revolved around whether she neglected safety protocols with live ammunition loaded into the prop gun.

The state prosecutors said before Monday’s sentencing Gutierrez-Reed “continues to refuse to accept responsibility for her role in the death of Halyna Hutchins” and instead has placed blame on witnesses, jurors, the set medic and more.

Joel Souza, the other person wounded in the shooting, said before the sentencing he only wished that it never happened, and that Hutchins could still be alive and with her family.

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“The day of her death ruined my entire life. It’s heart-wrenching to see her child grow without his mother,” Hutchins’ mother, Olga Solovey, said in a video recorded in Ukrainian with English subtitles played in court. “It’s extremely difficult without her. Every minute I wait until I’ll meet her again.”

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At the start of the sentencing, prosecutor Kari Morrissey claimed Gutierrez-Reed’s jail phone calls showed her real character. NBC News reported that in calls with her mother, boyfriend and the paralegal for her attorney, Gutierrez-Reed said jurors were “idiots” and “a**holes” and complained about how long it took them to deliberate.

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On Oct. 21, 2021, during the production of “Rust,” Hutchins was killed during an accidental shooting on set. Gutierrez-Reed’s defense attorneys argued during the trial the armorer couldn’t have predicted actor Alec Baldwin, who was holding the gun, would “go off-script” and point the revolver at Hutchins. After just three hours, the jury in Gutierrez-Reed’s trial determined she was guilty of involuntary manslaughter, though she was acquitted of an evidence tampering charge.

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Baldwin is scheduled to go on trial in July for involuntary manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge. In new documents last week, prosecutors said Baldwin had “no control” over his emotions on set and “was frequently screaming and cursing at himself, at crew members or at no one and not for any particular reason,” CBS reported.

Further Reading

Forbes'Rust' Armorer Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter As Alec Baldwin Awaits Trial
Forbes'Rust' Armorer Denied Jail Release As Lawyers Appeal Involuntary Manslaughter Verdict
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