Rust armorer sentenced to 18 months in fatal shooting involving Alec Baldwin: What we know

Hannah Gutierrez, the chief weapons handler for the Western movie Rust, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison following the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the film’s production in 2021.

The incident, which shocked Hollywood, occurred when actor Alec Baldwin was handling a gun on set, leading to Gutierrez mistakenly loading a live round into a revolver.


In a somber courtroom setting, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer delivered the sentence, emphasizing Gutierrez’s role in turning a safe weapon into a lethal one. The ruling came after Gutierrez was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her negligence in handling firearms safety protocols on set.

During the sentencing hearing, friends and colleagues of Halyna Hutchins paid tribute to her creativity and kindness while condemning Gutierrez’s breaches in safety protocol. The tragedy, described as a result of negligence rather than an accident, has sparked intense scrutiny of safety measures on film sets.

Gutierrez’s lawyer had pleaded for probation, citing her remorse and the absence of prior criminal history. However, prosecutors argued for the full 18-month sentence, pointing to Gutierrez’s lack of contrition and her attempts to shift blame onto others, including Baldwin.

The heartbreaking impact of the incident was palpable as Hutchins’ mother, Olga Solovey, mourned the loss of her daughter and expressed anguish over her grandson being left without a mother. The emotional toll was further underscored by Gutierrez’s own plea to the court, expressing regret while insisting that she is not a “monster.”

The sentencing marks a pivotal moment in the aftermath of the tragedy, with Alec Baldwin set to face trial in July on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The incident has prompted a reevaluation of safety practices in the film industry, with calls for stricter regulations and oversight to prevent similar tragedies in the future.