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Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria are ‘devastated’ over manslaughter

One day at a time. Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin are still grappling with New Mexico prosecutors’ decision to charge the actor with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.

“Alec is stunned and absolutely devastated,” an insider reveals exclusively about the Emmy winner, 64, in the new issue of Us weekly. “He’s trying to stay strong, but it’s a real challenge for him as the magnitude of this decision sinks in.”

Prosecutors in New Mexico have the 30 Rock alum with involuntary manslaughter on Thursday, January 19, after more than a year of investigation. If convicted, the New York resident could face up to five years in prison.

“The mere thought of being in jail makes him and Hilaria sick to my stomach,” the source says of Alec and his wife, 39. “They can’t even imagine that scenario and tell each other that it can’t possibly happen in the end .”

Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin at the Ripple of Hope Awards Gregory Pace/Shutterstock

After the charges were announced, Alec’s lawyer Luke Nikas said his client intends to fight the charges against him. “This decision distorts the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice,” the attorney said in a statement on Jan. 19. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun—or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals he worked with, who assured him that the weapon had no live cartridges. We will fight these charges and we will win.”

The GlengarryGlen Ross actor was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Hutchins, who died in October 2021 at age 42 after being shot on the set of Rust. Alec, for his part, has maintained that he did not pull the trigger on the gun that killed and wounded Hutchins Rust director Joel Souza.

“I know 1,000 percent that I’m not responsible for what happened to her,” he told a detective in a phone call after the shooting.

The two charges against Alec were filed “alternatively,” meaning that the jury decides which definition of involuntary manslaughter the defendant is guilty of if found guilty. The Beetle juice star could face a sentence of involuntary manslaughter, a fourth-degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine, or involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act, which requires “evidence that more than simple negligence involved in a death.” The second option also includes a maximum jail term of 18 months and a fine, but prosecutors added a “firearm enhancement” to the charge, adding a mandatory five years to the sentence.

“He hired the best legal team he could find,” the insider says of the Left rigid, adding that Hilaria has been an important source of support for him. The couple, who married in 2012, have seven children: Carmen, 9, Rafael, 7, Leo, 6, Romeo, 4, Eduardo, 2, Lucía, 21 months, and Ilaria, 4 months. Alec also shares daughter Ireland27, with ex-wife Kim Bassinger.

“Hilaria is by his side, holding his hand and telling him everything will be fine,” the source said Us. “But keeping things together now is a challenge, to say the least.”

For more on how Alec and Hilaria deal with the charges, watch the video above and grab the new issue of Us weeklyin stands now.

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