‘Midnight Rider’ director pleads guilty to train crash death of camera assistant
Director Randall Miller was sentenced to two years in prison and a $20,000 fine on Monday, after he pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of a camera assistant working on the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider.”
Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant, was hit and killed by a train last year while filming on train tracks in Georgia without permission. The actors and crew reportedly had only seconds to get out of the way of the train.
The director — who was twice denied permission to film on the tracks, and had previously bragged about getting shots without permission — pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. The film’s producer also pleaded guilty, and received 10 years on probation. As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed to drop charges against Miller’s wife and business partner.
Charges are still pending against the fourth defendant, assistant director Hillary Schwartz.
[AP | Image: Getty]