Melrose Place alum Amy Locane-Bovenizer on Tuesday was convicted of vehicular homicide stemming from a 2010 accident in which the actress drove with a blood-alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit.
Locane-Bovenizer, 40, was acquitted of a more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter after her SUV hit another car, killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring her husband as they were turning into their driveway in Montgomery Township, N.J.
The actress faces five to 10 years in prison – plus another three to five years in prison for a conviction on a second count of assault by auto due to the injuries she caused Fred Seeman, who was seriously injured. His wife, Helene Seeman, was killed in the June 2010 crash.
Locane-Bovenizer will face sentencing on March 1, but she must serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence without parole. Her bail was revoked after the verdict – and the actress, who is a mother of two, is currently in jail.
Locane-Bovenizer’s defense attempted to focus the blame for the crash on a third driver, Maureen Ruckelshaus, whose car Locane-Bovenizer had rear-ended earlier. She had been pursuing the Melrose Place star in an attempt, she testified in court during the trial, to get her to turn off her SUV and stop driving.
Locane-Bovenizer’s defense never disputed that she was drunk, but said she should not be held criminally responsible for her actions.
The trial began in October with more than 50 witnesses called to the stand.
“This is a sad day for the Seeman Family,” Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Murphy told the Associated Press following the verdict. “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.”
In addition to 13 episodes of Melrose Place, Locane-Bovenizer has appeared in movies such as Cry-Baby and School Ties.