Alec Baldwin’s Rust armorer gets handed life-changing verdict in close of manslaughter trial

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer for the film “Rust,” was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sent immediately to jail on Wednesday.

“Following the verdict, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered Gutierrez Reed remanded into custody,” Variety magazine reported.

Watch her being handed the verdict below:

According to Variety, Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer for the film “Rust.”

She was likewise acquitted on a separate charge of tampering with evidence. This charge was brought after she allegedly transferred a “small bag of cocaine” to someone else after the police interviewed her on the day of the shooting on Oct. 21st, 2021.

The involuntary manslaughter charge reportedly carries up to 18 years in prison, but Judge Sommer has yet to set a sentencing date.

As previously reported, actor Alec Baldwin killed Hutchins, allegedly by accident, on set during a recording of a film in 2021 by firing a gun that Reed, the armorer, had given him to use for the scene they were recording.

After Hutchins’ tragic death, Baldwin blamed Reed and “Rust” assistant director Dave Halls for the tragedy.

“Someone put a live bullet in the gun who should have known better. That was [Gutierrez Reed’s] job. Her job was to look at the ammunition and put in the dummy round or the blank round, and there wasn’t supposed to be any live rounds on the set,” he told CNN in 2022.

“There are two people who didn’t do what they were supposed to do. I’m not sitting there saying I want them to, you know, go to prison, or I want their lives to be hell. I don’t want that, but I want everybody to know that those are the two people that are responsible for what happened,” he added.

Special prosecutor Kari Morrissey agreed with Baldwin, or at least regarding Reed.

“Hannah Gutierrez knew that Baldwin was loose — she knew it,” she said in closing arguments Wednesday, according to Fox News. “She didn’t do anything about it, even though it was her job. It was her job.”

“It is her job to say to an A-list actor, if in fact, that’s what you want to call him, ‘Hey, you can’t behave that way with those firearms.’ That is her job. That is what they pay her for. That is the job that she applied for. That is the job that she accepted,” she added.

Reed’s attorney, Jason Bowles, meanwhile argued that the prosecution hadn’t proven his client’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

“They can’t come in here with a straight face and mock us and criticize us and tell you they have given you enough to convict her beyond a reasonable doubt, because they haven’t,” he said.

He also claimed that Hutchins’ death had been out of his client’s control.

“Whoever put the live round on set and then Mr. Baldwin, in the end, going off script and doing what he did — those are outside events outside of Ms. Gutierrez Reed’s control that she didn’t know was going to happen,” he said.

The jury subsequently deliberated for only three hours before reaching a guilty verdict on the involuntary manslaughter charge.

Afterward, the Hutchins family released a statement suggesting they’re looking forward to the day that Baldwin is himself held accountable.

“Today was the first trial and conviction in the criminal justice process. We are satisfied that the jury, based on the evidence, found Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty beyond a reasonable doubt for her part in the taking of Halyna’s life,” they said.

We look forward to the justice system continuing to make sure that everyone else who is responsible for Halyna’s death is required to face the legal consequences for their actions,” they added.

Will that actually happen, though? Maybe.

“Alec Baldwin is set to face his own manslaughter trial in July,” Variety notes. “The first assistant director, Dave Halls, took a plea deal last year to a misdemeanor count of negligent handling of a gun, and served six months of unsupervised probation.”

Bowles has, for his part, said that his client intends to appeal.

“The evidence wasn’t sufficient to convict. It was a lot of guesswork, a lot of speculation,” he said outside the courtroom after the verdict was read.

Vivek Saxena


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