EXCLUSIVE: Six years after Sarah Jones was killed on the Georgia set of Midnight Rider, director Randall Miller is facing being arrested again.
Law enforcement authorities in the Peach State today requested that Department of Community Supervision issue a warrant for Miller for violating the conditions of his probation, we have learned. The effort arises from Deadline’s exclusive earlier this week that Miller had directed the DGA sanctioned film Higher Grounds last year in Serbia and Columbia.
“I have requested Wayne County probation to issue a warrant for his arrest,” Assistant District Attorney John Johnson told Deadline on Friday. “Randall Miller has violated the terms of his probation,” the Georgia prosecutor added of Miller getting behind the camera on the Kate Nash-starring Higher Grounds. “As a director, he’s in violation.”
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Lawyers for Miller did not respond to request for comment on this latest turn of events. Representatives for the state’s Department of Community Supervision also did not respond to Deadline on this fast moving matter.
The Higher Grounds job comes three years into Miller’s 10-year probation for the 2014 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Jones on the Georgia set of Midnight Rider, a biopic of Greg Allman. On March 23, 2016, Wayne County Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison said the filmmaker is “prohibited from serving as director, first assistant director or supervisor with responsibility for safety in any film production.” (Read Miller’s probation document here.)
Prior to receiving probation, Miller had spent a year in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jones case. Sarah Jones was killed when she was struck by a speeding freight train on the first day of shooting Midnight Rider in the Peach State in 2014. Miller was released from jail on March 23, 2016, after the director’s attorney said they negotiated a 2-for-1 deal in the hallway with Assistant District Attorney John Johnson. Miller’s initial plea agreement occurred the year before. The DA’s office decided the original two-year sentence was “improper,” so the office amended it to one year. Harrison honored the agreement and released Miller based on time served.