'Melrose Place' actress 3-year sentence for manslaughter is too light

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer's punishment, 3-year imprisonment for vehicular manslaughter and assault, was appealed today by Somerset County Prosecutor in New Jersey.

Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said the punishment was too light, as reported by E! News.

"Our office is extremely disappointed with the judge's decision to drop down the sentence and on top of that, to impose the very bottom end of the third-degree sentencing range." Soriano appealed.

Soriano said that the sentence sends a "bewildering message" about the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

He continued, "[The sentence] improperly places focus upon the defendant's personal circumstances and, quite frankly, revictimizes the true victims in this case,"

Soriano then insisted that Superior Court judge Robert Reed, who imposed the punishment last Thursday - three years imprisonment and assault counts with the sentences running concurrently, mistakenly applied the law.

"The filing of this appeal is the very least, we believe, to which the victim's family is now entitled."

While deciding the punishment, Robert Reed said Locane-Bovenizer's 4-year-old child, who had Crohn disease, did not have to suffer more than he had to because of his mother's crime, as reported by New Jersey's Star-Ledger.

Reed also noted that the actress had been attending Alcoholic Anonymous meeting regularly, and very unlikely to commit another offense.

Locane-Bovenizer would be eligible of applying for another parole after 2.5 years.

On summer 2010, Amy Locane-Bovenizer crashed her SUV into a Mercury Milan, killing 80-year-old Helen Seeman, and injured her husband Fred, who was driving, critically.

Her alcohol blood level was more than three times the legal limit, and she was driving 53mph in a 35mph zone.



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