Actress Amy Locane is sent back to prison for eight years for murdering a woman, 60, in 2010 DUI crash
Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane, who has already served a prison sentence for a fatal drunk driving accident in New Jersey in 2010, is back behind bars after a judge ruled her initial sentence was too lenient.
Locane, 48, was convicted a fourth time on Thursday in the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured Seeman’s husband in Montgomery Township a decade ago.
The actress still accused the actress of still refusing to fully admit her guilt, Angela Borkowski, Supreme Court Justice, and gave Locane eight years for 2nd degree vehicle murder and 18 months for 4th degree car attack.
Punishments are served simultaneously. State law requires her to be behind bars for at least six years and 10 months before she is eligible for parole.
Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane, who has already served a prison sentence for fatal drunken driving accident in New Jersey in 2010, returns behind bars after being sentenced again to eight years in prison
Helene Seeman (right) was killed in the crash and her husband Fred (left) was also seriously injured, who nearly died
Locane, traveling about 20 to 30 mph over the speed limit, crashed into the passenger side of the Seeman’s car as they pulled into their driveway, killing Helene in a collision
Locane apologized to the Seeman family in a brief statement. She was turned in handcuffs and taken into custody by court representatives following proceedings in the Somerville state court.
It was a surprising development in a case that has been raging around the New Jersey justice system for nearly a decade and now includes four convictions before three judges, plus numerous appeals.
Locane had previously spent three years in state jail and served three years on parole before the crash. She had been out of state prison for five years and released for two years at the time of her re-sentencing on Thursday.
The fatal crash occurred on June 27, 2010, when New York attorney Fred Seeman drove home with his wife Helene after a weekend away just after 9 p.m.
Locane, traveling about 20 to 30 mph over the speed limit, crashed into the passenger side of the Seeman’s car as they pulled into their driveway, killing Helene in a collision.
According to witnesses, Locane had had several drinks before he got behind the wheel that night.
The actress, who was arrested on the spot, later alleged that a third motorist, whose car Locane had run into at a traffic light a few minutes earlier, distracted her by honking and chasing her.
Locane was not charged with drunk driving, but a state expert stated that her blood alcohol level was likely about three times the legal limit and that she was driving about 53 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the crash.
Locane (pictured left in 2013) had previously spent three years in state jail and served three years on parole before the crash. Fred, Helene’s husband (right), celebrated the last sentence
Locane – who starred in 13 episodes of the popular 1990s Fox series Melrose Place – was initially convicted on several counts, including vehicle homicide, and faced a sentence of five to 10 years based on the most serious count .
The state initially sought a seven-year prison sentence, but a criminal judge sentenced her to three years in 2013. An appeals court ruled that he had misapplied the law, but in criminal proceedings the same judge refused to give her extra time.
Last year, another judge sentenced her to five years, but an appeals court ruled that he was not following the guidelines it set and ordered a new conviction.
Locane’s attorney – and alleged friend – James Wronko, had unsuccessfully argued that re-sentencing her would be against double protection because she had already served her first sentence and parole.
The appeals court ruled that Locane waived double protection against danger when she voluntarily began serving her first sentence while the state was still appealing.
“ When the government appeals in a timely manner against a first sentence or a sentence imposed on a new conviction, a suspect is informed that the sentence may change and he or she cannot have a legitimate expectation of finality, ” the judges at the time.
Locane starred in 13 episodes of the popular 90s Fox series Melrose Place. She also starred in a number of films, including Cry-Baby alongside Johnny Depp
Amy was pictured in an Instagram photo earlier this year with daughter Avery, 11, and Paige, 13
Fred Seeman, who nearly died of his injuries sustained in the crash, attended Thursday’s proceedings and said Locane’s shift of guilt “ shows contempt for this court and the jury that delivered the verdict. ”
The judge took a similar position, saying Locane’s past alcohol abuse puts her at risk for recidivism.
“ You made a conscious decision to drink that day and kept drinking, at the beginning you realized you needed a ride but didn’t get one, ” Borkowski said. “If you hadn’t got behind the wheel of your car tonight, the incident never would have happened.”
Wronko called the phrase “scandalous.” She has always taken full responsibility, ” he continued, before criticizing the judge for not taking into account Locane’s current sobriety and her work of advising others against alcohol abuse.
Locane has 45 days to appeal her sentence. Wronko said he is waiting to see if the state Supreme Court decides to hear his appeal on the issue of double danger.