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“Rust” Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in Death of Halyna Hutchins

Gutierrez Reed was charged with involuntary manslaughter after cinematographer Hutchins was killed by a prop gun held by Alec Baldwin on set

<p>Jim Weber - Pool/Getty</p> Hannah Gutierrez Reed confers with attorney Jason Bowles during her involuntary manslaughter trial in New Mexico

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Hannah Gutierrez Reed confers with attorney Jason Bowles during her involuntary manslaughter trial in New Mexico

Hannah Gutierrez Reed has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

After less than three hours of deliberations, a jury at the First Judicial District Courthouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico, found that the 26-year-old Rust armorer was liable, in part, for the on-set fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Gutierrez Reed was acquitted of a separate charge of tampering with evidence.

In her closing argument on Wednesday, prosecutor Kari Morrissey said, "The astonishing lack of diligence with regard to gun safety is without question a significant cause of the death of Halyna Hutchins," per ABC News.

<p>Jim Weber - Pool/Getty</p> Hannah Gutierrez Reed confers with attorney Jason Bowles during her involuntary manslaughter trial in New Mexico

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Hannah Gutierrez Reed confers with attorney Jason Bowles during her involuntary manslaughter trial in New Mexico

"This is not a case where Hannah Gutierrez made one mistake, and that one mistake was accidental -- putting a live round into that gun," Morrissey told jurors. "This case is about constant, neverending, safety failures that resulted in the death of a human being and nearly killed another."

Defense attorney Jason Bowles said during his closing argument that Gutierrez Reed was a "convenient fall person" and that detectives did not conduct a thorough investigation of the Oct. 2021 shooting.

<p>Jim Weber - Pool/Getty</p> Hannah Gutierrez Reed talks to her defense team during her involuntary manslaughter trial

Jim Weber - Pool/Getty

Hannah Gutierrez Reed talks to her defense team during her involuntary manslaughter trial

Bowles told PEOPLE following the verdict that they will appeal.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer ordered that Gutierrez Reed be remanded into custody at the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center following the guilty verdict. She faces up to 18 months in prison with the conviction. A sentencing date has not been set.

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Fred Hayes/Getty Halyna Hutchins
Fred Hayes/Getty Halyna Hutchins

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Both Gutierrez Reed and Rust star/co-producer Alec Baldwin were charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in January 2023, over the death of Hutchins, 42, from a prop gun that Baldwin, 65, was holding on the film's New Mexico set on Oct. 21, 2021. (The actor maintains that he did not pull the trigger.)

No charges will be filed related to the shooting of Rust director Joel Souza. Souza, 50, was injured in the incident, which occurred during a rehearsal on the set at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe.

In response to the criminal charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence filed against her, Gutierrez Reed entered a written plea of not guilty on Aug. 9, 2023.

"Ms. Gutierrez has pled not guilty to all charges and is preparing for her day in court," her attorney Jason Bowles said in a statement to PEOPLE at the time. "She looks forward to her day in court, and to having the conduct of everyone on set fully examined."

The agreed-upon conditions of Gutierrez Reed's release said she could not possess firearms, could not consume drugs or alcohol (with twice-monthly tests) and could not return to the location of the alleged incident.

<p>Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP</p> Hannah Gutierrez-Reed in New Mexico on Oct. 21, 2021

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed in New Mexico on Oct. 21, 2021

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In January 2023, Bowles and Todd J. Bullion, attorneys for Gutierrez Reed, said in a statement, "Hannah is, and has always been, very emotional and sad about this tragic accident. But she did not commit involuntary manslaughter."

"These charges are the result of a very flawed investigation, and an inaccurate understanding of the full facts," they added. "We intend to bring the full truth to light and believe Hannah will be exonerated of wrongdoing by a jury."

Baldwin was also charged with involuntary manslaughter in January 2023; however the charges were dropped three months later, delaying the criminal case.

Following his second indictment this past January, the actor was released on his personal recognizance, according to court documents.

A date of Aug. 6 was set earlier this month for Baldwin's trial, per New Mexico court documents obtained by PEOPLE. He has pled not guilty to the new charge.

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