Alec Baldwin has won a critical battle in his legal case following the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of his movie, Rust.
The D.A has dropped the gun enhancement charge that was placed on the actor following the tragedy, after Baldwin’s legal team filed a motion excoriating the prosecutors for going after the 64-year-old with a law that did no apply in this case.
Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter due to the shooting incident.
The district attorney’s list of charges included several of the same reasons cited in the lawsuit and pointed out potential discrepancies in Baldwin’s multiple interviews following the incident.
At first, the D.A added on the gun enhancement charge -which is essentially using a gun to commit a crime.
However, at the time of the fatal shooting, New Mexico law stated that a gun enhancement charge would only apply if the gun was “brandished” – meaning it was displayed with the intention to injure or intimidate the victim.
If this charge had applied, it would mean that if the actor was convicted, he’d have a minimum sentence of 5 years behind bars. Now, he’d be looking at up to 18 months – however, the judge could offer probations or even less time.