Midnight Rider director Randall Miller released from prison
The filmmaker has finally won his bid to get out of jail.
Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has been granted an early release from prison.
Miller was handed a two-year jail sentence in March, 2015, after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. She was hit by a train while shooting footage for Miller's now-abandoned Allman Brothers biopic on railroad tracks in Wayne County, Georgia in 2014.
The filmmaker's legal team filed two requests for early release, citing good behaviour and health issues, but his motions were denied. The requests were also met with opposition from Jones' father Richard, who wrote to the judge overseeing the case and called for Miller to serve his full sentence, while an online petition signed by Jones' friends, family members, and some of Miller's former work associates also urged the judge to deny the requests.
However, on Wednesday (23Mar16), Miller was freed thanks in part to a two-for-one deal made last year (15), before the director's plea agreement. According to Deadline.com, the judge ruled the two-year sentence was not legal and they had to honour the original agreement.
Miller, who also directed the late Alan Rickman in Bottle Shock and CBGB, will remain on probation for 10 years.
The filmmaker, 54, initially denied charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the Jones tragedy, but he changed his plea to guilty shortly before he was due to go to trial, in exchange for similar counts to be dropped against his wife, the film's producer Jody Savin.
William Hurt, one of the stars of Midnight Rider, was publicly critical of his director's plans to film on train tracks and dropped out of the movie shortly after the fatal accident that cost the camera assistant her life. The project was shut down completely shortly afterwards.
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