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Armourer in Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting Sentenced to Maximum 18 Months in Prison

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SANTA FE, USA – Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armourer on the set of the film “Rust,” received the maximum possible sentence of 18 months in prison on Monday, April 15, 2024 for her role in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Last month, Gutierrez Reed was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the 2021 incident that shook the film industry.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, delivering the sentence, criticised Gutierrez Reed for failing to take full accountability, stating, “You alone turned a safe weapon into a lethal weapon.”

The judge’s remarks underscored the severity of the consequences, emphasising that Hutchins’ life could have been spared had proper safety measures been followed.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armourer
Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer fatally shot on movie set

Throughout the trial, prosecutors argued that Gutierrez Reed neglected safety protocols and acted recklessly in her duties as the armourer.

Despite the defense’s contention that she was unfairly scapegoated for broader safety failures on set, jurors found her guilty of involuntary manslaughter on March 6.

Gutierrez Reed, 26, maintained a composed demeanour as the sentence was pronounced. She expressed condolences to Hutchins’ family and friends, asserting that the tragedy weighed heavily on her since its occurrence.

Meanwhile, the trial cast a spotlight on the broader safety lapses during the filming of “Rust.”

Joel Souza, the film’s director who was also injured in the shooting, spoke of the profound impact the incident had on him, describing Hutchins as a remarkable talent whose loss reverberated deeply within the industry.

The sentencing of Gutierrez Reed marks a significant development in the aftermath of the “Rust” tragedy.

Actor Alec Baldwin, who fired the fatal shot, faces his own trial for involuntary manslaughter, scheduled for July.

The case has prompted a critical examination of safety protocols on film sets and raised questions about accountability in the entertainment industry.

As the legal proceedings continue, the memory of Halyna Hutchins serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of prioritizing safety in the pursuit of cinematic artistry.

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