Rust armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed launches appeal

'Rust' armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has launched an appeal against her involuntary manslaughter conviction, for which she was sentenced to 18 months in jail.



Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has appealed her conviction
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has appealed her conviction

'Rust' armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has launched an appeal against her involuntary manslaughter conviction.

The 26-year-old weapons expert was jailed for 18 months in April after being found guilty in charges connected to the 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western, and now her legal team have lodged paperwork to attempt to overturn the verdict.

According to TMZ, Hannah's lawyers have also filed to appeal the denial of her pretrial motions , which included a motion to dismiss the charges on multiple grounds such as a claim prosecutor Kari Morrissey had handed over hundreds of messages between the defendant and her attorney to a key witness.

The motion noted: "Ms. Gutierrez Reed is requesting to be released while she appeals, as if her appeal is successful, she will have served most or all of her sentence anyway, rendering a large part of the appeal meaningless."

A judge has yet to rule on the appeal.

When Hannah was sentenced last month, she read a prepared statement in court.

She said: "First and foremost, my heart aches for the Hutchins family and friends and colleagues as well, and it has since the day this tragedy occurred."

During her speech, the armourer - who was responsible for the prop guns on the set of the Western movie - also paid tribute to Hutchins, describing the late cinematographer as an "inspiration".

She added: "I understand that she was taken too soon, and I pray that you all find peace."

And Hannah also confessed to being "young and naive" when she took the job on 'Rust'.

Although she was found to be partially responsible for Halyna's death, she was cleared of allegations that she tampered with the evidence.

Attorneys Gloria Allred and John Carpenter, who represent the Hutchins family, confirmed at the time that they're satisfied with the results of the case. However, they will continue to push for justice in the coming months.

They said in a statement: "We look forward to the justice system continuing to make sure that everyone else who is responsible for Halyna's death is required to face the legal consequences for their actions."

Alec Baldwin held the weapon that allegedly discharged and killed the 42-year-old cinematographer and injured director Joel Souza in October 2021.

The 66-year-old actor has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, and is due to face trial in July but has denied the allegations.