It is nice to know that not all celebrities get off the hook when it comes to law and order. Yes; celebrities are people too and unlike the likes of other actresses such as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, they should not be given a free pass from serving the same sentence that a non celebrity would receive. Sometimes money talks but not in the case of former Melrose Place (1991-92) actress, Amy Locane-Bovenizer, 40, who was convicted today, 27-November 2012, of vehicular homicide.
In 2010, the actress was driving her SUV in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, when she crashed into another vehicle, killing a 60-year old woman, Helene Seeman and injuring the woman’s husband, Fred Seeman as they were making a turn into their driveway. Locane-Bovenizer’s blood alcohol level (BAC) was nearly 3x’s the legal limit. She faces 5-10 years in prison, plus another 3-5 years for a second conviction; assault which resulted in the injuries to Fred Seeman. During the trial, Locane-Bovenizer plead no-contest to the charges.
Sentencing is set for March 1, 2013 and her conviction mandates that she must serve at least 85% of her sentence without the possibility of parole – 4.5 years to 12.75 years. Her bail was revoked and she was remanded where she will remain in custody until her sentence in March which will be subtracted from her sentence as time-served. Her defense attorney attempted to focus the blame of the crash on to a third driver, Maureen Ruchelshaus, whose car had rear-ended Locane-Bovenizer earlier. Apparently, Ruchelshaus testified that she observed what appeared to be erratic driving by Locane-Bovenizer and she attempted to follow her in an attempt to get her to stop driving. However, it is important to acknowledge that at no time did her defense team dispute that she was in fact, intoxicated but at the same time, they also argued that Locane-Bovenizer should not have been held criminally responsible for her actions that resulted in the death. In addition to Ms. Ruchelshaus, more than 50 witnesses were called to testify. The trial began in October 2012.
“This is a sad day for the Seeman Family. There were no winners declared by the 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.”
— Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Murphy told the Associated Press following the verdict.
In addition to 13 episodes of Melrose Place, Locane-Bovenizer has appeared in dozens of television shows such as Touch By An Angel and movies such as Cry-Baby and School Ties. She is married with  children, six and three-years old.