Former “Melrose Place” actress sentenced to three years in prison
SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A former “Melrose Place” actress hit a Mercury Milan with her SUV while driving drunk, killing a woman in the crash. On Thursday, the actress was sentenced to three years in jail. The relatives of the victim reacted angrily and were disappointed by the decision of the court as they had hoped for the maximum ten years sentence.
After the sentence was read, Fred Seeman, the victim’s husband screamed, “What a travesty!”
Ford Seeman, 26, the victim’s son said to the judge, “This is not justice”.
After the sentencing, the Seeman family said that the decision was a “mockery”.
In November, a jury convicted Actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer of vehicular manslaughter in the 2010 death of Helene Seeman, 60. The accident took place in Montgomery Township. Her driving license was suspended for 5 years and after her release, she will be on probation for three years. She will also pay a fine.
According to the prosecutors, Locane-Bovenizer’s blood-alcohol content limit when the accident occurred was nearly three times more than the legal limit. Fred Seeman was driving his Mercury Milan and he had his wife Helene with him. When he was turning into his driveway, Locane-Bovenizer’s SUV hit Seeman’s car. Helene died and Fred Seeman was seriously injured in the crash.
In court, the defense argued that Fred Seeman was making a slow turn due to which the accident happened. They were trying to prove that it was not a crime, it was just an accident. The defense also told that a motorist was chasing and distracting Locane-Bovenizer and because of the chase, she drove 20 miles over the speed limit on a dark two-lane road.
After her appeal and noticing the difficulties of the actress, as she has 2 young children and one of her children is mentally retarded, the judge decreased her sentence.
“The sentence sends a bewildering message to our society about the consequences of driving while intoxicated, improperly places focus upon the defendant’s personal circumstances and, quite frankly, re-victimizes the true victims in this case”. Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said in announcing his appeal.
Superior Court Judge Robert Reed said that he had no sympathy for the actress but the sentence is decreased because her children should not suffer even more because of her actions.
Helen Locane, mother of Locane-Bovenizer said, “I’m just glad her little girls will have their mother back soon”.
Fred Seeman said the statement of defense saying that he was turning his car slowly added “salt on the wound”. He also said that the actress took no responsibility for killing his wife.
Locane-Bovenizer said sorry to the Seeman’s family. She said, “I am truly sorry for all of the pain I have caused. My own suffering will never go away”.
Ford Seeman said, “What’s one more punch in the gut?”
Amy Locane-Bovenizer appeared in many movies which include “Cry-Baby” and “School Ties”. She also appeared in 13 episodes of “Melrose Place”.