Donald Trump’s critics in Hollywood are legion.
But now one of them is in for a rude awakening.
And one Trump-hating celebrity is facing jail time over this shooting death.
Alec Baldwin saw a career renaissance by playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” when Trump served as president.
Baldwin — an outspoken liberal — delighted “SNL’s” audience with a nasty version of Trump that played to all the left’s worst prejudices.
But now Baldwin is facing years in prison.
Prosecutors in New Mexico charged film star Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed with involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin allegedly fired a gun being used as a prop without first performing a safety check to see if the firearm was loaded.
Prosecutors declared they collected enough evidence to bring charges against Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed, and that celebrity did not protect them from accountability.
“After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the ‘Rust’ film crew,” New Mexico First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies declared. “On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.”
“The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously,” special prosecutor Andrea Reeb stated.
ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams exclaimed that prosecutors “threw the book” at Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed.
Abrams noted that involuntary manslaughter normally carries a maximum 18-month prison sentence in New Mexico, but because the death involved a gun, sentence enhancements brought that up to five years.
“The prosecutors just threw the book at Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed,” Abrams began. “They threw everything they possibly could at both of them. In particular, when you talk about these involuntary manslaughter charges, typically in the state of New Mexico, the maximum punishment for involuntary manslaughter is up to 18 months. Well, they have added an enhancement on one of the charges, a firearm enhancement, which adds a potential mandatory penalty because a firearm was involved. The firearm enhancement makes the crime punishable by a mandatory five years.”
Abrams continued on noting prosecutors claimed they saw a pattern of “disregard for safety” on the set of the film which led them to bring charges.
“I’ll give you one more quote from them. They say ‘The evidence shows a pattern of disregard for safety on the Rust film set. In New Mexico, there’s no room for sets that don’t take our gun safety and public safety seriously.’ Let me add one other point here, which is the next step in this proceeding will be a preliminary hearing, which will be a kind of mini-trial where a judge will determine, is there enough evidence to go to trial,” Abrams added.
One of the pieces of evidence prosecutors cited was the fact that Baldwin kept live ammo in his gun belt.
Alec Baldwin will get his day in court.
But many critics noted the sad irony of one of Hollywood’s more fervent supporters of gun control now facing prison because of carelessness in handling a firearm.
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