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Director of ‘Midnight Rider’ gets 10-year sentence for Sarah Jones’ death




Parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones attend a memorial for their daughter Sarah Jones, an assistant camerawoman who was killed by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic film, Midnight Rider, on March 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones attend a memorial for their daughter Sarah Jones, an assistant camerawoman who was killed by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic film, Midnight Rider, on March 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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In a reversal of his July pleading of not guilty, director Randall Miller pleaded guilty today to charges related to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.

The negotiated plea deal requires the director of “Midnight Rider,” a biopic about the Allman Brothers and their rock band, to serve 10 years in jail, pay a $20,000 fine, and complete 360 hours of community. With good behavior, he is expected to only serve two years, although he would be banned from participating in any supervisory role on a film set during the rest of the initial period. The charges include involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.

Will Miller’s plea catalyze a shift towards safer sets? What is the level of acceptable risk that directors, crews, and others on set should take?

Guests:

Austin Siegemund-Broka, reporter with The Hollywood Reporter and he was in the courtroom this morning - @ASiegemundBroka

Dominic Patten, reporter for Deadline - @DeadlineDominic