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Randall Miller changes plea to guilty in 'Midnight Rider' railroad accident trial

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Randall Miller, director of the unfinished Gregg Allman movie that was marred by a deadly railroad accident, reversed course on Monday and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the on-set death of Sarah Jones. Initially, Miller had entered a not-guilty plea and faced up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. According to Miller’s lawyer, Don Samuel, the plea bargain carries a sentence of two years in prison—of which he’ll likely serve one—10 years probation, a $20,000 fine, 360 hours of community service, and a promise not to direct or supervise safefy on a film for the length of his probation. As part of the agreement, charges against Miller’s wife, producer Jody Savin, were dismissed. 

Executive producer Jay Sedrish also reversed his plea from not guilty to guilty, but he will not serve jail time. 

Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant on the film Midnight Rider, was struck by a freight train and died during filming on Feb. 20, 2014.