Melrose Place Actress Guilty of Vehicular Homicide

Locane-Bovenizer cleared of more serious manslaughter charge

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2012 2:28 PM CST

(Newser) – A New Jersey court convicted former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer of vehicular homicide and assault by auto today, charges that could send the 40-year-old to prison for more than a decade, the Star-Ledger reports. But the jury cleared Locane-Bovenizer on the more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter. Locane-Bovenizer killed one woman and injured the victim's husband in a drunken 2010 crash (and reportedly couldn't stop laughing about it at the time).

The actress' lawyers never denied that she was drunk; her defense had been that she was speeding only because she was being chased by another woman she'd rear-ended previously, and that the victims had been driving too slowly. She now faces five to 10 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge, and three to five on the assault charge—and that's not counting any additional penalties she might eventually face for driving while intoxicated or fleeing the scene of an accident.

Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer, 40 is taken into custody after jurors in Somerville, NJ,  convicted her of vehicular homicide.
Former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer, 40 is taken into custody after jurors in Somerville, NJ, convicted her of vehicular homicide.   (AP Photo/Robert Sciarrino, pool)
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