'Melrose' actress' reduced sentence is appealed

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm •  Published: February 19, 2013
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SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A state prosecutor on Tuesday appealed the three-year prison sentence given to a former "Melrose Place" actress for a drunken driving death, saying the judge improperly focused on the personal circumstances of the defendant, who has a sick and disabled child.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer, who appeared in 13 episodes of TV's "Melrose Place" and in movies including "Cry-Baby," ''School Ties" and "Secretary," was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and assault by auto in a deadly 2010 accident.

Prosecutors say she was driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when her SUV slammed into a car driven by Fred Seeman as he was turning into his driveway in Montgomery Township, in central New Jersey. His wife, Helene, 60, was killed, and he was seriously injured.

Locane-Bovenizer, 41, had faced a prison term of five to 10 years on the most serious count. But citing the needs of her two young children, one of them sick and disabled, the judge last week decided to sentence her at the bottom of a lower sentencing range for a lesser crime, and to have the sentence run concurrently with the term given on the assault charge.

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