“Elizabeth and I are comfortable that the authorities were both careful and meticulous in investigating and bringing charges related to the incident that took our daughter’s life,” said Richard Jones. “We must allow the criminal justice process to proceed unhindered. Our mission remains the same: to ensure safety on all film sets. Safety for Sarah.”
Following a grand jury indictment, prosecutors in Georgia charged filmmakers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish on Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in the Feb. 20 death. The 27-year-old Jones was killed on a train track on the first day of filming “Midnight Rider” and seven other crew members were injured.
The manslaughter charge carries a potential 10-year prison sentence under Georgia law. The misdemeanor trespass charge carries a potential one-year sentence.
On May 21, Jones’ family filed a wrongful death suit against Miller, Savin and Sedrish. Also named as defendants were Gregg Allman, distributor Open Road Films and the companies that own the railroad tracks and surrounding land.