Locane was given eight years for second-degree vehicular homicide and 18 months for fourth-degree assault by auto, which will be served concurrently with the eight-year sentence.
Under the No Early Release Act, Locane must serve six years, nine months and 22 days in prison before becoming eligible for parole. She was also ordered to serve three years’ probation after her release.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-6-0/html/r-sf-flx.html
The sentence was handed down by Somerset County Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski. It was the fourth time Locane, 48, was sentenced for the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman.
Fred Seeman, a New York attorney, was driving with his wife around 9 p.m. on June 27, 2010 and turning into the driveway of their weekend home when Locane struck their vehicle while going about 20 mph over the 35 mph speed limit.
According to Borkowski, Locane was at several parties earlier that day drinking wine and believed her then-husband was going to drive her home. But when her husband drove home with their children without her, Locane decided to drive drunk, Borkowski said.
“The fact that you are still trying to place partial blame on others without accepting full responsibility for what happened that day supports the finding that the risk is present that you will commit another offense,” Borkowski said.
Locane was represented by Somerville-based attorney James Wronko, who is now her boyfriend, according to Borkowski. The judge said the relationship does not present a conflict of interest because Wronko only represented Locane during her resentencings, not her trial.
Wronko asked Borkowski to sentence Locane to two years in prison.
“This is a strange a situation because Ms. Locane has literally served a sentence,” he said. “Your Honor has to look at who Ms. Locane was 10 years ago and her progression to who she is today.”
Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Murphy represented the state.
Locane’s last sentencing was in February 2019 when she was sentenced to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan.
It was the fourth sentencing for Locane, the former actress who starred with Johnny Depp in “Cry-Baby” and came after an appellate court agreed with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office that retired Judge Robert Reed’s sentence should be modified.
Locane previously had been sentenced to three years in state prison on charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office appealed the sentence. An appellate court decision called Locane’s sentencing “excessively lenient.” The appellate court ordered that she return to Superior Court for a new sentencing.
The appellate court ruled that the third sentencing must be performed by a new judge because Reed, who presided over the trial and the first two sentencings, did not follow the appellate court’s ruling after the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office successfully appealed the first sentencing as being too lenient.
Reed, who presided over the trial, refused to modify his sentence during Locane’s second resentencing.
Locane went to prison in 2013 and was released on June 12, 2015. She was unsuccessful in the appeal of her conviction.
Since being released from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township in Hunterdon County, Locane, who says she hasn’t consumed alcohol since the fatal crash, has begun speaking to youth about the dangers of alcohol.
On Thursday, she was again led out of a courtroom in handcuffs, headed back to Edna Mahan. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/melrose-place-actress-amy-locane-105954470.html