For the second time, actress Amy Locane was sent to prison for a 2010 drunk driving accident that killed a 60-year-old woman.
The former Hopewell Township resident who once appeared on Melrose Place was sent to five years in prison by Somerset County Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan Friday afternoon, nearly nine
Family members of her victim, Helene Seeman, smiled while walking out of court, but left Somerset County Courthouse in Somerville with a statement to media
James Wronko, Locane's lawyer, said it was "an extremely thoughtful decision in all respect," but will appeal to double jeopardy grounds, which was one of his main arguments why the actress shouldn't return to prison.
Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Murphy requested a nine-year sentence from Shanahan, who said he was basing it on “the crime, not the criminal.”
Locane was originally convicted of vehicular homemade and assault by car, up to 15 years in prison, for the death of Helene Seeman and critical injuries to her husband, Fred Seeman.
Fred Seeman and his son, Ford Seeman, both gift emotional testimony, filled with tears, tissues and aggravation.
“My mother is still here, but she is not because Amy Locane is a horrible human being driven by ego and pride,” he said, reading the notes off his phone while wiping his tears. times his voice breaking.  Locane whispered "that's not true" several times during her breath during Ford Seeman's testimony, which includes him saying Locane has made herself a victim and will not accept responsibility.
He also lambasted Judge Robert Reed's initial, lenient sentence, calling it a "mockery of justice process" and referred to Locane's request for a short sentence to care for her two young children, who she called collateral damage as "pathetic".
to lose faith in the world, "Ford Seeman said.
Locane stood to speak after the Seemans concluded their testimony. Ford Seeman left the room.
"There is no day that has gone by that I thought of the pain that my actions caused the Seeman family and of course Helene Seeman," the 47-year-old said. “I made a mistake. I have done everything that I can do not be that person who does what I did nine years ago. ”
She also noted that she regularly speaks at the dangers of drinking and driving, and is committed to sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous. .
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The actress, who appeared in the movie "Cry-Baby" with Johnny Depp, and other Hollywood pictures, was driving home from a party on June 27, 2010 when she crash into the Seemans , who were turning into their driveway. Locane's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit.
He first sentence, three years in prison handed down by Judge Robert Reed in February 2013, drew immediate criticism for its apparent lenience. She served two-and-a-half years at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton Township and was paroled in June 2015.
It's unclear if Locane will receive credit now for the time she was incarcerated. An appeals court ruled the sentence was not harsh enough.
Locane returned to court for a second sentencing in January 2017, where Judge Reed said he was in no sentencing here to six more months. However, he declined to give Locane more prison time.
In March 2018, an appellate court ruled again the sentence was "a hair's breath away from illegal." The decision criticized Reed's lack of explanation for the sentence, and asked another judge. to decide her Locane's fate at a third re-sentencing
Fred Seeman cried and yelled during his testimony. Jerseyans from drinking and driving, and the trauma still affects his youngest son, who saw his mother dead on their front lawn.
“I cry at night, for my son Curtis who is not with us today. me, ”said the 69-year-old, who suffered broken ribs and collapsed lung in the crash, and has a hole in his diaphragm as a result of blunt force trauma from the accident.
"My son basically continued to be damaged from that incident that night. He's not here, and he's not sitting at home watching TV. He continues to be treated for the aftermath of what happened.
Locane will serve 85 percent of her new sentence during the No Early Release Act and was released on her own recognition pending an appeal.
In 2017, the Seemans were awarded a $ 4.8 million settlement in a civil lawsuit. Locan paid $ 1.5 million, while Rachel and Carlos Sagebien – hosts of the party where Locane left drunk – paid $ 3.3 million.
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