‘Midnight Rider’ Filmmaker Denied Early Release From Jail

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A judge in Wayne County, Ga., has denied “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller’s effort to modify his sentence and get released from jail early.

Miller was sentenced in March to two years in Wayne County Jail after pleading guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass stemming from the Feb. 20, 2014, train accident on the set of “Midnight Rider.” Camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and eight others were injured.

Through his attorneys, Miller had sought early release, citing declining health and good behavior while serving his sentence. His motion was opposed by prosecutors and Jones’ family.

Miller may still be eligible for release after serving one year of his sentence. His attorneys have said that all parties reached a plea agreement with the understanding that the sheriff of Wayne County could apply a “good time credit.”

Deadline first reported the news of Judge Anthony Harrison’s decision.

Miller’s sentence also included an eight-year probation period.