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Director of Gregg Allman biopic pleads guilty in train crash death: AP

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The director of a film about rock singer Gregg Allman pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing charges stemming from a deadly train crash on the movie's set in Georgia, the Associated Press reported.
/ Source: Reuters

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The director of a film about rock singer Gregg Allman pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter and trespassing charges stemming from a deadly train crash on the movie's set in Georgia, the Associated Press reported.

"Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller agreed to a plea deal that calls for two years in county jail and eight years of probation, as well as a $20,000 fine, the AP said.

A spokeswoman for the local district attorney could not immediately confirm the guilty plea and punishment for Reuters.

Prosecutors said they would drop charges against Jody Savin, Miller's wife and business partner, the AP said.

Miller, Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish were indicted on involuntary manslaughter and trespassing charges in the February 2014 death of camera assistant Sarah Jones, 27, of Atlanta, during the filming of the biopic.

The AP said it was not clear how Sedrish's charges would be resolved.

The plea deal came as the three filmmakers were due to stand trial this week on the criminal charges. Each faced up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Jones was killed when a train hit set props and movie equipment staged on a railroad bridge and trestle in rural Wayne County, about 70 miles southwest of Savannah. Several other crew members were injured.

Unclaimed Freight Productions Inc, the production company, did not have permission to film on the tracks, authorities have said.

A fourth defendant in the case, first assistant director Hillary Schwartz, is scheduled to be tried separately.

Allman was not named in the criminal case. He was dropped from a civil lawsuit in which Jones' family is seeking unspecified financial damages from the people and movie companies involved in the film project.

(Editing by Colleen Jenkins)