Story Updated Thursday, January 19th, 11:30AM.
Alec Baldwin and Rust‘s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, each will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
One of the counts is for involuntary manslaughter, in which prosecutors will have to prove there is underlying negligence, prosecutors said. The charge is a fourth-degree felony and carries a sentence of up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
The second charge is involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act, which requires proof that there was more than simple negligence involved in a death, prosecutors said. This charge includes a firearm enhancement, which adds a mandatory penalty of five years in jail.
Criminal charges are likely to be filed this week in connection with the deadly shooting on the set of the movie Rust.
The October 2021 accident – which involved actor Alec Baldwin firing a gun that had been loaded with live ammunition – killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
Prosecutors in New Mexico could file charges as early as this week – possibly including Baldwin.
Should Baldwin be charged? Who is ultimately responsible for this tragedy?