A little over two years ago, 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones’ life was tragically cut short when she was killed on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. In the wake of the accident that claimed Jones’ life, the star of the movie quit, lawsuits started flying all over the place, and eventually the film’s director, Randall Miller, was sentenced to two years in prison in March 2015. Now, a year later, he’s free, thanks to a motion filed by his attorneys.
Apparently, before Miller entered his plea agreement his attorneys had negotiated a deal with the Assistant DA where Miller would receive credit for double the time he had served before the trial, known as a “two-for-one deal.” Presented with evidence of the deal, the judge decided that Miller’s original two-year sentence was not legal, and had to be amended to the one year he has already served. Therefore, he’s a free man.
All parties agreed that they will continue to honor Miller’s 10-year probation agreement, which prohibits him from working as a director, assistant director, or in any position “with responsibility for safety in any film production.”