Actor/Producer Alec Baldwin and Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed were formally charged on January 31, 2023.
The first charge was involuntary manslaughter. The second charge was involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act. Both charges are punishable by 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
The second charge has a special gun enhancement that adds a five-year prison term. The jury will decide which charge to use for their deliberations.
Why the double-barreled charges for the same crime? If the jury doesn’t convict on the second charge, they can convict on the first charge. Based on what we know, it’s unlikely that either defendant will be found innocent.
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