As a result of prosecutors dropping a firearm enhancement allegation relating to Alec Baldwin’s New Mexico killing of a lady in 2021, the actor’s possible sentence for manslaughter might be reduced.
Baldwin was clutching a gun that fired on the set of his Western film “Rust” in October 2021.
Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, was murdered by a live bullet, which also wounded the director, Joel Souza. Baldwin has said that the pistol discharged on its own.
His legal counsel has sought for the enhancement charge to be withdrawn.
Baldwin contended that the enhanced charge did not apply to him following the tragic shooting on site.
A firearm enhancement may only be added to such a charge if the weapon was “brandished” during the commission of a crime that resulted in an unintended death, according to the law.
Monday, the district attorney’s office in Santa Fe County stated via a spokesperson that the enhancement had been abandoned.
The New York Times reported that spokesperson Heather Brewer stated that the handgun upgrade was canceled to “avoid further litigious distractions by Mr. Baldwin and his attorneys.”
“The prosecution’s priority is securing justice, not securing billable hours for big-city attorneys,” Brewer added.
If a jury convicts Baldwin of involuntary manslaughter, the dismissal of the enhancement charge would significantly lower the time he would spend in prison.
The Times claimed that Baldwin could have faced a minimum of five years in jail if convicted under the enhanced statute.
Now, he faces a maximum of 18 months in prison.
Baldwin has said that he is not responsible for Hutchins’ passing.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin told ABC News just weeks after he shot Hutchins on the set of the film.
“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
The actor has also claimed that he never fired the firearm.
The FBI decided that the firearm could not have discharged without conscious activity, such as a trigger pull.
Authorities have also alleged that Baldwin did not complete the requisite guns safety course before filming began.
According to a statement of probable cause filed by the district attorney, Baldwin was “distracted” during a shortened half-hour firearms safety training.