Former ‘Melrose Place’ actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer convicted of vehicular homicide

By Daniel S Levine,

Actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was convicted of vehicular homicide in connection with a 2010 DUI crash that resulted in the death of a woman.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that on Tuesday, a jury found the Melrose Place actress guilty of vehicular homicide and assault by auto. They found her not guilty of aggravated manslaughter, but could face five to 10 years in prison for the vehicular homicide charge. The auto assault charge could result in three to five years.

The verdict came after a month-and-a-half trial. Police had accused Locane-Bovenizer, 40, of driving her Chevrolet Tahoe while drunk in June 2010. She slammed into a Mercury Milan, which was driven by Fred Seeman. Seeman was injured, but the passenger, his wife Helene, died. Prosecutors say that the actress’ blood-alcohol level was .08, three times the legal limit. It was also found that she was driving 53mph in a 40mph zone.

Defense attorney Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor admitted that Locane-Bovenizer was drunk, but claimed she was driving at a high speed because she was chased by a woman whose vehicle she had rear-ended before the crash.

E! News notes that Locane-Bovenizer will be held in custody to await sentencing on March 1.

According to USA Today, Locane-Bovenizer played Sandy Louise Harling in 13 episodes of Melrose Place and was also in the films Cry-Baby, Secretary and School Ties.

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