Director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, charges stemming from the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones during the filming of Miller’s since-abandoned Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Miller will serve two years in prison and eight years probation, during which time he will be barred from helming a film crew. As a part of his plea deal, the charges against Midnight Rider producer Jody Savin–who is Miller’s wife–were dropped.
Jones was struck by a train and killed while the crew filmed a scene atop a train trestle in Jesup, Georgia without securing permission to do so. Six other crew members were also injured. After the accident and related legal charges, William Hurt, one of two actors portraying Allman in the film, ceased his role and production of the film was halted. Allman himself sued sued the filmmakers in order to stop production on the film after the accident.
Although Allman, who was an executive producer of the film, was initially listed as a defendant in the numerous lawsuits related to the accident, he was later dropped from those lawsuits. Allman was never charged as a part of the criminal case stemming from the accident.