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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the weapons handler on the set of the indie western movie “Rust,” has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison.

26-year-old Gutierrez-Reed, who loaded the gun for actor Alec Baldwin before it fired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in March and has now received the maximum possible sentence.

She was found not guilty of a second charge, tampering with evidence, over the shooting which happened in 2021. 65-year-old Baldwin also faces a manslaughter trial in July and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer handed down the sentence on Monday in a New Mexico court and said Gutierrez-Reed’s actions constitute a “serious, violent offense, committed in a physically violent manner.”

Hutchins was killed after a gun Mr Baldwin used in a rehearsal fired a live round on the set of the western in New Mexico.

The prosecution says Gutierrez-Reed had failed to ensure the weapon was only loaded with dummy rounds and was “negligent”, “careless” and “thoughtless” for failing to notice that live bullets had mixed with dummy rounds in a box of ammunition on set.

Source: BBC News

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