Amy Locane-Bovenizer was enjoying a successful acting career in both TV and film prior to her June, 2010 DUI when her SUV plowed into and killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman in Montgomery, N.J.
Locane's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit at the time of her DUI arrest. She was indicted for aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile.
On Nov. 27, 2012, a Somerset County, N.J. jury convicted Locane of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Today, the once successful actress was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime.
The family and relatives of the woman who died as a result of Locane’s drunk driving were all hoping that the actress would get the maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars. They were infuriated when she was only sentenced to three.
"What a travesty!" the victim's husband, Fred Seeman, yelled after the sentence was read. "This is not justice," the victim's 26-year-old son, Ford Seeman, told the judge before he stormed out of the courtroom. ~ The Huffington Post
The judge in the case took into consideration that Locane has 2 young children, one with a serious medical and mental disability.
Amy Locane-Bovenizer took full responsibility for her actions in court and apologized to Helene Seeman’s family.
"I am truly sorry for all of the pain I have caused," she said, struggling to get through her statement, as she looked toward the family that packed one side of the courtroom while her friends and family packed the other.
"My own suffering will never go away."
Locane, a native of N.J., had performed in more than fifty commercials before being cast as a series regular on the sitcom “Spencer” in 1984. She was a member of the original cast of “Melrose Place,” although she left the series after only 13 episodes.
She played Johnny Depp's love interest in “Cry-Baby” and Jessica Lange's daughter in the film “Blue Sky.”
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