In 2010, “Melrose Place” actress, Amy Locane-Bovenizer, was charged with vehicular homicide when she killed Heleen Seeman, a sixty year old women. Amy was highly intoxicated, almost three times the New Jersey legal limit, when she crashed her SUV into Seeman’s car causing her fatality.
This past Thursday, Amy Locane-Bovenizer was found guilty of vehicular homicide by a jury trial and was sentenced to three years in prison by the judge. Amy’s criminal defense attorney did not dispute the fact that Amy was DUI (driving under the influence) but did argue that she should not be criminally responsible for the women’s death.
Disbelief and rage best sum up the emotions felt by the victim’s family when they heard the sentencing. Amy should have been facing 5 to 10 years in jail for DUI and vehicular homicide. However, the judge lowered Locan-Bovenier’s jail time due to the hardships her family would face, she has two children one of which has special needs. “Since when is having a sick kid a pass… What were you thinking of judge,” shouted the angered husband of Heleen Seeman.
DUI and vehicular homicide are serious crimes and those found guilty of these crimes should pay harsh penalties. I think the judge made a mistake, he was too lenient, a women died. I feel for the victim’s family.
Written by S.O