Follow up report. Bobby Brown is going to spend some time in the slammer for his latest charge of DUI that occurred in October 2012 (check out my blog “Snaps! Bobby Brown’s 2nd DUI This Year” for the DUI arrest details).
Earlier today, retired singing sensation Bobby Brown, pled no contest to the DUI and driving on a license suspended charges. The judge sentenced him to 55 days in jail, 4 years of probation, and completion of an 18 month DUI and alcohol treatment program. Brown was also ordered to attend 3 Alcoholics Anonymous meeting per week until he starts his jail time, which must begin by March 20th.
This is Bobby Brown’s third DUI in his lifetime. The first DUI occurred in 1996, followed by his second and third DUI in 2012.
Here in Washington State, if a person is guilty of a second DUI within seven years, they would be facing a jail sentence ranging from a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 364 days behind bars. They would also need to invest in a good pair of sneakers or a bus pass because they would lose their driver’s license for a minimum of 2 years and up to a max of 2 1/2 years. Lets not forget fines ranging from $1196.00 to $5000.00 and electric home monitoring post jail time for at least 60 days.
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.