Feb 15 2013, 4:27pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
On Thursday, a Somerville, N.J., judge sentenced Amy Locane-Bovenizer to three years in a state correctional facility for women. Locane-Bovenizer, who was featured one season on Melrose Place, was convected of homicide by vehicle and assault by auto for the June 2010 crash which killed the wife of Fred Seeman, and critically injured him and injured his son, as well.
Police said Locane-Bovenizer was driving her SUV at 53 mph in a 35 mph zone. A BAC test determined that her blood alcohol level was almost three times more than the legal limit. According to court records, prior to the accident, the actress had been drinking at a community-theater cast party, and then later, at a family barbecue.
The judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently. Locane-Bovenizer was given credit for 81 days for time served, which will make her eligible for parole in a little more than 30 months. At sentencing, the actress cried as she told the court that she had “never cried tears like these.” She said she was devastated and hurt and is now aware of the pain that accompanies the experience of being separated from a loved one.
Seeman could not contain his anger at hearing the sentence reduction – shouting at the judge: “This isn't justice.” The trial jury had sentenced the actress to five to 10 years, but the judge agreed to a lesser sentence because one of the actress' two daughters suffers from Crohn's disease.
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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