Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the onset death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.
The moviemaker was hit with charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the fatal accident on the Georgia set of the Allman Brothers biopic last year, when Jones, 27, was hit by a train while shooting footage on railroad tracks in Wayne County.
Miller initially denied the charges, but on Monday, he entered a guilty plea shortly before his trial was due to go ahead.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Miller will serve two years in prison, pay a $25,000 fine and complete 360 hours of community service. He has also agreed to not make any films while he serves his probation.
As part of the plea bargain, the prosecution team has waived charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass against Miller’s wife, producer Jody Savin.
During Monday’s hearing in Georgia, Judge Anthony Harrison addressed Sarah Jones’ family, saying, “There’s nothing the court could do… to really bring you justice in this case. This was clearly a tragic accident that caused the death of your daughter and sister and granddaughter.”
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