‘Midnight Rider’ Assistant Director Sentenced in Sarah Jones Trial
Midnight Rider assistant director Hillary Schwartz has been sentenced to 10 years probation after she was found guilty of charges relating to the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.
Schwartz, who pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine after the verdict came in at Wayne County superior court in Michigan on Tuesday.
The restrictions of Schwartz’s probation mean she cannot act as a director or producer, or hold responsibility over crew safety on any film or television production.
The moviemaker waived her right to a jury trial, and her fate was decided by a judge, who recorded a guilty verdict after a summary trial.
The case arose 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.
The moviemaker’s hearing comes a day after Randall Miller, the movie’s director, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to the same charges. He was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and complete 360 hours of community service.
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