Midnight Rider director Randall Miller freed from jail a year early
Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has been released from a Georgia jail after serving just over half of his two-year sentence for his involvement in the 2014 death of crew member Sarah Jones.
According to the Associated Press, Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison ordered Miller freed Wednesday following a hearing in which prosecutors agreed Miller’s good behavior had earned him early release.
Miller pleaded guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass after Jones, 27, was fatally struck by a train during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic.
District Attorney Jackie Johnson told the AP there was an unforeseen legal glitch in the plea deal, which called for Miller to serve his two years in Wayne County jail rather than in a state prison. According to Georgia case law, sentences longer than a year must be served in prison.
Nonetheless, Johnson said, the decision to free Miller was in keeping with the intent of the original deal, that Miller could be granted early release for good behavior.
Miller will remain on probation for nine years, during which time he is legally prohibited from directing films.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Jones’ parents, Richard and Elizabeth Jones, expressed disappointment at Miller’s release.
“If we had understood that he could be in out in one year, we would not have agreed to the deal in the first place,” Richard Jones told THR. He added, “We’ve never wanted revenge of any kind, we’re not like that. We just wanted accountability, and that’s still the case.”