Alec Baldwin charged with involuntary manslaughter: What will happen to him?

THE MARGIN Could Alec Baldwin be looking at jail time? That’s the question many are asking in light of today’s news that the actor will be charged with

involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Oct. 2021 deadly shooting of a cinematographer on the set of “Rust,” the film he was working on and helping produce at the

time. Baldwin had pointed the pistol at Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, when the firearm went off, though he described the shooting as a “tragic accident” and said

he had been informed the gun was safe — meaning it would have only been loaded with blank ammunition. MarketWatch spoke with Michelle Rosenkranz Suskauer, a criminal

attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience and the former president of the Florida Bar, to better understand the charges that Baldwin is facing — and what could result.

Here’s what we learned:What exactly is involuntary manslaughter? “It’s still a homicide charge,” Suskauer explained, but one that’s not as severe as first-degree murder,

where “there’s a premeditated act.” In Baldwin’s case, he’s facing two two involuntary manslaughter charges — one that carries up to an 18-month sentence and the other that

carries a mandatory five-year sentence. There are legal distinctions between the two charges, Suskauer explained, but she said the main thing to understand is that one is an

“enhanced charge” connected to the fact the incident involved the use of a firearm.So, Baldwin could be convicted of both charges? No. Suskauer said if the case went to

trial, Baldwin could only be convicted of one of the charges. “The jury will be asked to find him guilty of the most serious charge,” she said.