Actor Alec Baldwin will probably sleep a little easier in the coming weeks after learning that a key charge against him for the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, a movie he acted in and produced.
According to the Daily Wire, Baldwin is far from out of the woods, but the Santa Fe County, New Mexico, district attorney dropped the gun enhancement charge against him.
That means if convicted, the most time Baldwin will do is now capped at 18 months, maximum.
Reportedly, the gun enhancement charge would have been a tough one to prove.
The Daily Wire noted that for the charge to stick, which can enhance the sentencing length, "that he brandished the firearm with intent to harm or intimidate a person."
"Prosecutors in New Mexico have dropped a firearm enhancement from one of the manslaughter charges against actor and producer Alec Baldwin, officials announced Monday. He still faces two charges of involuntary manslaughter," CBS Evening News tweeted.
Prosecutors in New Mexico have dropped a firearm enhancement from one of the manslaughter charges against actor and producer Alec Baldwin, officials announced Monday. He still faces two charges of involuntary manslaughter. https://t.co/CQx8g1JBpp pic.twitter.com/mSBXoq7ZtI
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 21, 2023
A spokesperson for First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies explained to Fox News Digital why the enhancement charge was ultimately tossed out.
"In order to avoid further litigious distractions by Mr. Baldwin and his attorneys, the District Attorney and the special prosecutor have removed the firearm enhancement to the involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Halyna Hutchins on the ‘Rust’ film set," Carmack-Altwies said.
They added: "The prosecution’s priority is securing justice, not securing billable hours for big-city attorneys."
Social media users reacted negatively to the update, with many pointing out that it feels like the far too familiar case of liberal, Hollywood elitist privilege rearing its head at the most convenient times.
JUST IN: Alec Baldwin’s liberal privilege saves the day for him as the Santa Fe district attorney drops his gun enhancement charge that would have required him to serve prison time.
We have a two-tiered Justice system in America. A wealthy liberal is let off the hook once again.
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) February 20, 2023
One legal filing read: "The prosecutors committed a basic legal error by charging Mr. Baldwin under a version of the firearm-enhancement statute that did not exist on the date of the accident."
While Baldwin would have done five years if convicted with the enhancement charge in place, it's realistic that he'll do much less time than that, and probably less than a year. Only time will tell.