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Gunsmith 'Rust' was jailed for the murder of Ukrainian Galina Hutchins

As the New York Post, On April 15, the gunsmith of the film “Rust” was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the murder of the cameraman, Ukrainian Galina Hutchins.

Blonde woman in police handcuffs, criminal

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26-year-old Hannah Gutierrez-Reid brought to court in handcuffs and in prison clothes.

In the aftermath, several of Hutchins' close friends and family members made emotional statements about the impact Galina's death had on them. A tragedy occurred on the set in 2021 - actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun that was accidentally loaded live bullets.

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Guterres-Reid cried at times as Hutchins' relatives described her as a wonderful friend and mother.

Judge's verdict

Gutierrez-Reed was sentenced for manslaughter by New Mexico District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer. The court did not commute the sentence for this crime.

“I haven’t heard you take responsibility. You said you were sorry, but you didn't regret what you did. It was your lawyer who told the court that you are remorseful. Remorse, deep regret caused by guilt for past mistakes, is not about you, the judge said. “In my opinion, what you did constitutes a serious crime of violence.” This was done with physical violence... I sentence you to 18 months in the New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility."

"Time does not heal"

“The day she died ruined my whole life. It's heartbreaking to see her child grow up without a mother. That night when her husband Matt called and said she had died, I screamed and kept begging him to tell me it wasn't true. Time does not heal. Two and a half years have passed, and it’s getting worse and worse,” Hutchins’ mother Olga Solovey told the court through tears about the murder of her daughter.

“The last words she said to me were: 'I believe in you.' They will forever remain in my soul. Galina's death is the result of a large-scale system failure. It all comes down to a very simple question. Why was there a live bullet on the set? This is where Hannah Gutierrez-Reed failed Galina. Her job was to check the gun, check the bullets and make sure Galina was safe,” Emilia Mendieta, one of the victim’s best friends, told the court.

Close family friend Steven Metz noted that this incident completely destroyed husband Matthew Hutchins.

“It had a terrible effect on Matt and he left. Essentially, Matt died along with Galina... Her death is a reminder of the fragility of life. There’s really no excuse for this,” he concluded.

"I'm not a monster"

Before sentencing, Gutierrez-Reed asked for leniency and said her heart "hurts" over the tragedy.

She stated that the media portrayed her as a "monster" even though she was "young and naive" when she began working on the western.

“I beg you, please don’t give me a long sentence,” she asked the judge. “The jury found me partially guilty of this terrible tragedy. It doesn't make me a monster, it makes me human."

At trial, jurors heard testimony about how Gutierrez-Reed, who was in charge of guns on the film's set, violated safety protocols. This caused a live round to end up in the gun Baldwin used in the film.

Baldwin, 66, who is also awaiting trial on manslaughter charges, mistakenly fired during a rehearsal, killing cameraman Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

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Prosecutors argued that the gunsmith still refuses to take responsibility. This is evidenced by calls from prison, during which she insulted jurors, calling them “idiots” and “morons.”

At trial, Gutierrez-Reed's lawyer argued that the girl was a "scapegoat" for the production company, which overloaded her with work.

But prosecutors called Gutierrez-Reed, who was 24 at the time, “careless” and “unprofessional.” They said she "treated safety protocols as if they were optional."

The lawyer said he plans to appeal the verdict.

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