“Melrose Place” Actress Amy Locane Convicted of Vehicular Homicide
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Amy Locane, who appeared in the ’90s primetime soap Melrose Place and the Johnny Depp film Cry Baby, has been convicted of vehicular homicide, following a 2010 car collision that took the life of a 60-year-old woman and seriously injured her husband.
Amy had a blood-alcohol level more than three times above the legal limit when she got behind the wheel of her SUV and mowed into Helene Seeman and her husband Fred as they were turning into their driveway in Montgomery Township, New Jersey. The actress’ lawyer claimed a woman was chasing Amy after an earlier accident, prompting the star to speed.
“There were no winners declared by the verdict,” assistant prosecutor Matthew Murphy told the Associated Press after Tuesday’s verdict. “There are only losers. A husband lost his dear wife, his two children lost their mother and Helene’s mother lost her daughter. That loss can never be rectified by a verdict.”
A more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter was dropped, but the standing conviction carries a sentence of between five to 10 years behind bars. Amy, 40, must serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence without parole.
Locane is currently being held in police custody. She’ll be sentenced on March 1, 2013.