Judge sentences ‘Rust’ assistant director Dave Halls

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SANTA FE, N.M. — A judge sentenced the assistant director of “Rust” after he pled no contest to a charge he faced in the deadly movie set shooting case.

Dave Halls pled no contest to a petty misdemeanor negligent use of a deadly weapon charge. The no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but it does acknowledge the possibility of a jury conviction with the evidence they would’ve received.

Judge Mary Marlowe-Sommer sentenced Dave Halls to six months of unsupervised probation, a $500 fine and 24 hours of community service. Halls will also have to testify in any upcoming “Rust” trials and will have to participate in a firearms safety course.

The judge also barred Halls from talking to potential witnesses or co-defendants. Co-defendants include Alec Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed who face involuntary manslaughter charges in the case.

In January, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies first announced the no-contest plea deal and its terms.

Halls also served as the film’s safety coordinator. He was on set when Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot.