‘Melrose Place’ Alum Amy Locane-Bovenizer Faces New Sentence in Fatal Drunk Driving Crash

Amy Locane-Bovenizer
Amy Locane-Bovenizer during her arraignment on June 28, 2010. AP Photo/The Courier-News, Ed Pagliarin

Melrose Place alum Amy Locane-Bovenizer may be looking at more time behind bars. The actress, 44, was released from prison on parole in June 2015 after serving a three-year prison sentence, but on Friday, July 22, an appeals court determined that the punishment may have been too lenient.

According to NJ.com, the Somerset County prosecutor appealed the sentence, saying that it sent a “bewildering message” about the nature of Locane-Bovenizer’s crime: a drunken crash that killed Helene Seeman in June 2010.

At the time, Locane-Bovenizer was convicted of vehicular homicide and assault by auto and sentenced to three years. She served two and a half years of the sentence.

Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, ,Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Amy Locane, Grant Show, Doug Savant and Vanessa Williams.
The cast of 'Melrose Place,' circa 1993. Clockwise from top left: Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Amy Locane-Bovenizer, Grant Show, Doug Savant and Vanessa Williams. Fotos International/Getty Images

Most convicted individuals serve between five to 10 years for similar crimes. According to the Associated Press, Locane-Bovenizer was given a lighter sentencing because the judge at the time believed the actress’ two young children, one of whom has a serious medical and mental disability, would suffer from a longer separation from their mother.

Locane-Bovenizer’s blood-alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit when she crashed her SUV into a Mercury Milan on June 27, 2010, and she was going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Seeman was killed instantly, while her husband, who was driving the car, was left critically injured.

"The trial judge did not identify compelling reasons to downgrade defendant's second degree offense, other than the harm defendant's children were likely to experience as a result of her incarceration," the appellate judges wrote Friday, according to the AP. "He also found that defendant no longer posed a risk to the public, but neither the rationale for the conclusion nor the record support for it were fully stated."

A new hearing date has not yet been set.

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