Director Randall Miller pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Randall Miller, director of Midnight Rider, a film based on the life of rock and blues singer-songwriter Gregg Allman, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass on March 9 before the Chatham County Superior Court in Savannah, Georgia, according to a Billboard article.

The charge was in relation to the death of the film’s camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of the film when a train barreled through the area where the crew was filming in February 2014. There were no permits or safety measures set up to protect the film crew, and Jones was killed by the train.

Miller agreed to a two-year jail sentence as part of the plea, and the case against his wife Jody Savin was dismissed.

The plaintiffs – Richard and Elizabeth Jones, the victim’s parents – also filed civil lawsuits (wrongful death) aside from the criminal case against Miller, which are against Midnight Rider’s filmmakers; Unclaimed Freight Productions, the production company; Open Road Films, the distributor; CSX Transportation, the railroad company; and Allman himself.

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Autopsy confirms police officer’s close-range shooting of victim

According to a confidential autopsy report recently obtained by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, Austin policeman Detective Charles Kleinert had his gun muzzle in direct contact with the back of victim Larry Eugene Jackson’s neck. An imprint of the gun remained on Jackon’s skin, providing solid proof of their close proximity.

Kleinert, now retired from the police force, faces manslaughter charges as a result of the altercation. The autopsy report showed gunpowder substance around the bullet entrance. Several injuries to Jackson’s body were also confirmed but have not been conclusively tied to the fatal interaction between Jackson and Kleinert.

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