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'Melrose Place' actress sentenced to 3 years for deadly crash

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Feb. 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM   |   Comments

Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Amy Locane-Bovenizer, who starred in the original 1992 season of the TV drama "Melrose Place" and acted opposite Johnny Depp in the movie "Cry-Baby," was sentenced to 3 years after a fatal drunk driving incident in June 2010. Helene Seeman died as a result of the crash and her husband Fred was injured but survived.

Locane-Bovenizer initially faced five to 10 years for vehicular homicide, a second-degree crime, and another three to five for third-degree assault by auto for the injuries suffered by Seeman's husband, Fred. But the Somerset County, New Jersey, jury acquitted the actress of aggravated manslaughter, for which she could have faced 30 years in prison, instead convicting her of the second-degree crime.

Before Superior Court Judge Robert Reed issued the minimum allowable sentence, he noted that Locane-Bovenizer's 4-year-old daughter suffers from Crohn's disease and requires a feeding tube. "With all due respect, I cannot, considering of all the factors that stand here, treat innocent children as collateral damage," Reed said. He turned to the actress before continuing, "I have no sympathy for an adult who chooses to drink and drive. The harm caused to your daughters is caused by you. The dilemma this court faces is whether the crime of the mother shall be visited upon the children."

Upon sentencing Fred Seeman shouted at the judge before leaving the courtroom with his son. "Having a sick child doesn't give you a pass to kill my wife! What were you thinking of judge? You don't understand it!"

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