'Midnight Rider': ICG Says Sentencing "Offers a Sense of Closure"

Issue 10 BIZ Sarah Jones Inset Main Image - H 2014
Randy Thompson Photography; Bobby LaBonge

Issue 10 BIZ Sarah Jones Inset Main Image - H 2014

The International Cinematographers Guild responded to the sentencing of Midnight Rider director Randall Miller on Monday by stating that it brought "sense of closure" to the incident that resulted in the 2014 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones

"We agree with [Sarah's father] Richard Jones. Nobody won today. This offers a sense of closure," said ICG president Steven Poster.

"There is no such thing as cinematic immunity," he added. "No movie or TV show is worth a life. We have safe regulations in place. We hope this sends a message to everyone in the industry that safety measures have to be followed at all times. "We just hope this encourages workers to remember the spirit of Sarah."

Jones was killed last year when she was struck by a train during the filming of Midnight Rider.

On Monday, Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. He received a 10-year sentence, with two years in Wayne County jail and the rest on probation, during which he can't be in charge of a film crew. As part of the plea deal, the case against the Miller's wife, Jody Savin, who was the film's producer, was dismissed.

Midnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish entered an Alford plea and received a sentence of 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine, with no jail time.

Since the accident, ICG has launched several initiatives to encourage safety, including the launch of an on-set safety app.

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