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SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Amy Locane-Bovenizer, a former “Melrose Place” actress, has been found guilty of vehicular homicide after her drunk ass killed a woman by ramming her SUV into the side of another vehicle.

Back in June 2010, Locane-Bovenizer had tossed back some drinks at a cast party before tossing down a few more at a barbeque. She then chose to get behind the wheel of an SUV with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit and wound up rear-ending Maureen Ruckelshaus.

Ruckelshaus confronted Locane-Bovenizer, who she says was obviously drunk, and asked her to get out of her vehicle she refused to turn off. Locane-Bovenizer responded to this request by fleeing the scene and taking out a few mailboxes in the process. Ruckelshaus gave followed behind Locane-Bovenizer for four miles at speeds that topped a whopping 35 mph.

But Locane-Bovenizer saw her chance to put some distance between herself and Ruckelshaus after the car in front of her moved out of the way. That’s when Locane-Bovenizer accelerated to 50 mph and ended up plowing into the passenger side of a car turning left into a driveway.

The driver of that car, Fred Seeman, was seriously injured but would survive. His wife, 60-year-old Helene Seeman, was in the passenger side and took the brunt of the impact. She would be pronounced dead at the scene. As is usually the case with drunk drivers, Locane-Bovenizer was not seriously injured, only suffering a scratch on her foot.

Locane-Bovenizer would end up facing 35 years in prison after being indicted on manslaughter and assault-by-automobile charges and the prosecution vowed to match the same amount of money Locane-Bovenizer planned on spending on her defense.

In order to get a conviction on the charges they filed against her, the prosecution would have to prove that Locane-Bovenizer caused Seeman’s death under circumstances that showed extreme indifference to human life and by acting recklessly. Her trial started in October and 50 witnesses would be brought to the stand.

Witnesses testified that while Mr Seeman watched his wife die, Locane-Bovenizer was giggling in a nearby drainage ditch. One officer testified that after they had taken a blood sample from the actress, she said, “Am I pregnant or am I just drunk?” Hours later, Locane-Bovenizer would urinate in her hospital bed and ramble incoherently — seemingly unaware of what she had done.

The jury didn’t feel there was enough to convict Locane-Bovenizer on manslaughter charges, but showed they did not buy the defenses allegations that Mrs Seeman’s death fell squarely on Ruckelshaus’ shoulders for chasing after Locane-Bovenizer, when they found her guilty of the lesser charge of vehicular manslaughter and assault by automobile. Her bond was immediately revoked and she was placed in custody after the verdict was read.

The mother of two is now facing  five to 10 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge and three to five years in prison on the assault charge. Which is better than nothing, I suppose. Had this happened in LA, the actress would have gotten time served and her own reality show.

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  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Still a slap on the wrist for that nasty mess.

  • AssWho?

    Driving is a privilege. Killing people is apparently unavoidable, So why fret with such trivial things like fitting punishment. Bitch should be strapped in the passenger seat of a car and let me get her with this…

  • newstarshipsmell

    Maybe they could give her a reality show while she’s in prison? That would be entertaining.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Another It won’t happen to me dumbass, but lethal moment.

    What she did was horrible… absolutely horrible. The giggling and bed wetting were drunken behavior, and show, to me, no disregard. Just a side affect of drunkardness. I do for feel for the family of the victim.

    A woman died and the drunkard woman deserves to go to jail, but it wasn’t intentional and I personally think 15 years is too much time in a shit hole US prison (I don’t care how other countries keep their prisons, I live here). I also believe that anyone who serves alcohol (a drug) is also responsible to a degree if the person is drunk and gets in a car to drive – just as I believe that a pharmaceutical company that does not give a warning of drowsiness on its medications is responsible for related mishaps suchas machine operations.

  • LeaveMeBe

    “Am I pregnant or am I just drunk?”
    Not fucking funny. I would have punted her jaw into the next neighborhood. Bitch.

  • Rachel Ann

    What a irresponsible bitch. Why not just call a fucking cab you bitch. How hard is that? What a cunt. I don’t like drunk drivers.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    I personally don’t believe that the server should usually be held responsible, especially at a party where there aren’t always professional servers. The onus of responsibility still falls squarely upon the shoulders of the person imbibing the alcohol. WTF ever happened to the concept of personal responsibility & liability? Oh yeah, the lure of quick & easy money, not to mention being able to offset your personal legal issues by diluting the blame through someone else.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Brilliant, I say simply brilliant move on her part. Not only is she an actress, but she almost has the credentials to be a Rap-Artist, too. She just needs to add that teardrop tattoo.

  • Andyman

    His last name is a mere two letters away, yet sounds the same as man juice. Bet he caught hell for that in grade school.

  • Athena

    5 to 10 years? Impressive. The average sentence for vehicular homicide is, I believe, less than four years.

  • http://twitter.com/janthewordnerd Jan

    Those are the guidelines. She will get less.

  • Sam

    Ok, beside the obvious Amy’s a cunt etc. – why would you chase someone who is obviously impaired and has already crashed into numerous things on the road? For four miles?? What did Ruckelshaus hope to achieve by chasing her across town? I could understand following them just until you have the registration plate info or even following them at a distance so you can see where they are going, but to chase them? I bet Ruckelshaus is devastated right about now and probably wonders if the victim would still have been alive if she would have just taken a registration number and called the police.

  • newstarshipsmell

    At 35mph and slower, I think “follow” is a better verb choice than “chase.”

  • Sam

    35 mph for someone 3 times the legal limit might as well be 110 mph.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Ha! Totally true, didn’t even consider that. But then, I don’t drive drunk, so please forgive me.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Another alternative is to just not serve alcohol at a party, but I believe that food poisoning and drunkardness are both the responsiblity of the server.

  • derae

    I don’t use this word often, but what a cunt! And, damn it I hate defense attorneys sometimes (well, most of the time). She got off easy and that poor man will never forget watching his wife die, how sad.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Food poisoning, yes. Drunkenness, no. Just because someone cannot, or will not, monitor & gauge their alcohol intake, it doesn’t mean that others that can & will do that should have to deal with that person’s inner demons. IE: The drunken party pooper can also make the choice to stay the Hell home.
    The CHOICE to put the glass to the lips is still the responsibility of the person drinking. Unless they’re tied up, it will continue to be that person’s issue to resolve on their own. Just as going to an AA meeting is the responsibility of the alcoholic, unless mandated by a court.

  • http://www.facebook.com/schofieldmisty Misty Sue

    If we cant kill people who hurt babies, I’m sure we can chase people like we are police…the lady that chase her is just as guilty. What did she think she was going to do if she caught her? Should have called the cops and reported it and gone on her merry way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mil.37 James Miltenberger

    Omg she was in a John Waters movie called Crybaby… Now she’s going to be crying in a cell for doing something so irresponsible and plain stupid…

  • come_and_see

    If it was LA she could just plead no contest and go to rehab.

  • Wildheart

    Oh that’s where I know her from….wow she has sure aged since then and not gently.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.mil.37 James Miltenberger

    Yeah she looks a bit used up but so was her career lmao