EXCLUSIVE: In this exclusive video shot for Deadline by Patricia Leon, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller is seen officially agreeing to the plea deal that ended the trial against him and his wife, and will lead to a historic first felony conviction of a filmmaker for an on-set death. Here, Miller and his attorney, the district attorney and the judge lay out and sign off on the plea agreement.
Under it, Miller was sentenced to 10 years total with two years in prison and 8 years of probation. He also must pay a $20,000 fine and work 360 hours of community service, a part of the sentence that will be served in California. Under terms of the probation, he also agreed not to serve as director, assistant director or supervisor in charge of safety on any film production for the next 10 years.
As another part of the overall deal, charges were dismissed against Miller’s wife, producer Jody Savin.
In addition Midnight Rider’s executive producer/unit production manager Jay Sedrish got no jail time, but will serve 10 years probation, during which time he can not work as a director or assistant director, or serve in any capacity overseeing the safety of others, although he can work as a unit production manager. He also must pay a $10,000 fine.
The last member of the crew criminally indicted – first assistant director Hillary Schwartz – is expected to appear in court Tuesday to make a plea. Sarah Jones’ parents are expected to again be in attendance for that hearing.
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