Ex-'Melrose' actress convicted of vehicular homicide
Posted November 27, 2012
Here's a lesson for all those Hollywood types who drink and drive (and you know who you are): A former actress on TV's Melrose Place has been convicted of killing a woman while drunk driving.
The Star-Ledger of Newark is reporting that Amy Locane-Bovenizer, 40, was convicted today of vehicular homicide and assault by auto in connection with a crash in Montgomery Township, N.J., that killed a 60-year-old woman and critically injured her husband.
However, the jury acquitted the actress of the more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter in the 2010 crash. The verdict followed a six-week trial in which she did not testify but her defense attorneys argued the crash was the result of a "perfect storm" of bad circumstances.
Prosecutors said Locane-Bovenizer's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, and she was speeding on a dark two-lane road. Her lawyers conceded she was driving under the influence, but they said she was being chased by another driver she had rear-ended earlier, forcing her to speed.
Now she faces five to 10 years on the vehicular homicide charge, and three to five on the assault by auto charge. She also faces penalties for nine motor vehicle charges, including DWI and fleeing the scene of an accident.
Locane-Bovenizer, who lives in Hopewell Township, appeared in 13 episodes of Melrose Place, in the original cast, as the character Sandy Louise Harling, and also appeared in movies including Cry-Baby, School Ties and Secretary.
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