'Midnight Rider' Director Randall Miller Released From Jail After Serving Half of His Sentence

Miller's release was met with disappointment from his victim's parents

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After two failed attempts at early release, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has been released from jail after serving just half of his original sentence, according to reports.

Miller was granted early release on Wednesday following just over a year behind bars in Wayne County, Georgia, Variety reports. The director reportedly took a plea deal last year, which required he plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in connection with the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, and injury of eight others.

Although the deal originally mandated Miller spend two years in custody, a judge adjusted the sentence after finding that the original deal – which included a clause stating any jail time after a year could be stripped away in exchange for work behind bars – was unlawful, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“We had to amend the original sentence which made him eligible today to get out,” Wayne County special assistant district attorney John B. Johnson told THR. “We now have a valid sentence.”

Jones’ father, who was present in the courtroom along with her mother, reportedly shared a statement with the court expressing his displeasure at the decision.

“We are a little disappointed in the way that came out,” Richard Jones told THR. “There’s case law in Georgia that they could not incarcerate or put someone in county jail for more than one year and the plea deal called for two. We had understood that he would serve two years’ incarceration. If we had understood that he could be out in on year, we would not have agreed to the deal in the firs place.”

According to Variety, despite his release, Miller must still serve a 10-year probation that prohibits him from directing, serving as first assistant director or supervisor with responsibility for safety on a film production. The magazine adds that Miller has nine months after his release to pay a $20,000 fine. If the state accepts his transfer, he may also serve his probation in California instead of Georgia.

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