Midnight Rider Randall Miller's jail time under FBI investigation
The moviemaker spent a year behind bars for his alleged role in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant.
FBI experts are investigating director Randall Miller's incarceration for his part in the death of assistant camerawoman Sarah Jones.
Jones was killed by a train while shooting footage for Miller's Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, and the moviemaker was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter and jailed after accepting a plea deal.
But now the director and his production company partners claim he was wrongfully prosecuted and incarcerated for his alleged role in the 2014 death of 27-year-old Jones, and FBI officials are taking a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the charges against him and the plea deal offered by Georgia prosecutors.
Miller served a year of a two-year prison sentence and was released in March, 2016, amid issues with the plea agreement.
The biopic was shut down following the tragedy but Film Allman, the company the filmmaker set up to oversee the project, has been in litigation with New York Marine and General Insurance Company, which Miller and his partners accuse of sabotaging the film.
They also allege the insurance company bosses wanted to do whatever they could to avoid a big payout.
Miller and producer Jody Savin, who were also accused of trespassing on railway tracks while filming in Georgia, now maintain the owners of the land never officially withheld permission to film there.
Attorneys for Film Allman have revealed they have been contacted by FBI agents in connection with an ongoing investigation into the accident and its aftermath. According to court papers, filed recently, the experts are looking into "probable civil rights violations" and "the possible wrongful prosecution and incarceration" of Miller.
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