SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A former “Melrose Place” actress convicted in a fatal drunken driving accident won’t have to go back to prison, a judge ruled Friday at a re-sentencing spurred by an appeals court’s concerns that her original sentence may have been too lenient.
Amy Locane-Bovenizer (who played aspiring actress Sandy on the first season of “Melrose Place” in 1992) served about two and a half years of a three-year sentence for the 2010 accident in Montgomery Township that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured Seeman’s husband, Fred.READ MORE: 3 Children Stabbed To Death In Reseda Apartment; Mother Captured In Central California After Going On The Run
She was released in 2015.
The actress was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, assault by auto and other offenses and faced a sentencing range of five to 10 years on the most serious count. Her defense had argued the crash was an accident.
A state appeals court last July ordered the judge to offer a more detailed justification for why he downgraded Locane-Bovenizer’s sentence to three years. State Superior Court Judge Robert Reed later conceded he erred and should have sentenced her to an additional six months.
Prosecutors had sought a seven-year sentence.
On Friday, the judge said Locane-Bovenizer’s conduct since her release shows she isn’t a threat to society.READ MORE: Man in Riverside Barricades Himself Against Police After Shooting His Wife
The Seemans’ family and friends had harshly criticized the original sentence, and they repeated those criticisms in court Friday.
Locane-Bovenizer appeared in 13 episodes of “Melrose Place” and in movies including “Cry-Baby,” ”School Ties” and “Secretary.”
According to trial testimony and statements by prosecutors, Locane-Bovenizer drank alcohol at two parties on the afternoon of the crash and was driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when her SUV slammed into Fred Seeman’s Mercury Milan as he turned into his driveway.
Locane-Bovenizer’s lawyers argued that a third motorist, whose car the actress had bumped into at a traffic light in the minutes before the accident, distracted her by honking at her and chasing her after being rear-ended.
Locane-Bovenizer still faces a federal lawsuit stemming from the crash.MORE NEWS: Couple Reunited With Lost GoPro Camera After Four Years, Thanks To TikTok Users
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