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'Melrose Place' Actress Convicted of Vehicular Homicide

6/17/2014 Tim Kenneally

By Tim Kenneally
TheWrap

"Melrose Place" alum Amy Locane-Bovenizer is once again immersed in drama -- but this time it's in court rather than on the small screen.

Locane-Bovenizer -- who played Sandy Louise Harling for 13 episodes on the '90s nighttime soap -- was convicted of vehicular homicide by a jury in Somerset County Superior Court in New Jersey on Monday, in connection to a June 2010 drunken crash that killed one person and critically injured another.

NJ.com reports that Locane-Bovenizer -- who dodged a more serious charge of aggravated manslaughter --- was also found guilty of assault by auto. The 40-year-old faces five to 10 years on the vehicular homicide charge and three to five years on the assault by auto offense.

Penalties for nine motor-vehicle summonses, including DWI and fleeing from the scene of an accident, are also being faced by the actress.

During the trial, prosecutors contended that Locane-Bovenizer was driving drunk and speeding when her Chevy Tahoe collided with a car that was making a left turn, killing the passenger and critically injuring the passenger's husband, who was driving. Prosecutors said that the actress was driving 53 mph in a 35 mph zone, and had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit of .08.

Locane-Bovenizer's defense attorney didn't argue that the actress was intoxicated during the crash. However, she claimed that her client was speeding because she was fleeing another car that rear-ended her prior to the crash, and that the driver of the car she hit was making the left turn too slowly.

In addition to "Melrose Place," Locane-Bovenizer, a native of Trenton, N.J., also co-starred in the 1990 Johnny Depp film "Cry-Baby."
 

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