'Midnight Rider' director Randall Miller gets two years in jail over death of crew member

Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Sara Jones, who was struck by a train during filming.

By Kate Stanton

JESUP, Ga., March 10 (UPI) -- Midnight Rider director Randall Miller pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the death of camera assistant Sara Jones.

Jones was struck by a train Feb. 20, while filming the Gregg Allman biopic in rural Georgia.


Miller, who changed his plea from not guilty, was sentenced to two years in jail in Wayne County, Ga., eight years of probation, a $20,000 fine and 360 hours of community service.

Miller is prohibited from working as a director, assistant director or safety supervisor on a film until his probation is over.

Charges against Miller's wife, producer Jody Savin, were dismissed as part of Miller's plea deal with prosecutors.

Executive producer Jay Sedrish also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Midnight Rider starred William Hurt as Allman, the American singer and musician who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band. Production stopped on the film after Jones' death.

Judge Anthony Harrison described Jones' death as an accident "that could have been prevented."

"I hope that this day will contribute to your goal of sending a message of safety to the industry," he told Jones' parents at the trial.


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