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Entertainment Melrose Place Actress Amy Locane Resentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Fatal DWI Crash

02:06  18 september  2020
02:06  18 september  2020 Source:   people.com

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Former ' Melrose Place ' star Amy Locane was just resentenced for her deadly DWI crash in New Jersey and she's getting 8 years in prison . Locane will have to spend 6 years and nearly 10 months in the joint before she's eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act.

RELATED: Melrose Place Actress Amy Locane on Being Divorced and Shunned by Friends After Her Fatal DWI . Locane 's attorney James Wronko tells PEOPLE that he is "shocked" by the new sentence and "embarrassed to be part of a system that can do this." "She has been out of prison for five years .

Amy Locane looking at the camera: Patti Sapone/AP/Shutterstock Amy Locane © Provided by People Patti Sapone/AP/Shutterstock Amy Locane

Amy Locane is heading back behind bars despite having already served a prison sentence for her involvement in a fatal DWI car crash in New Jersey.

The Melrose Place alum, 48, was resentenced to eight years in prison by Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski on Thursday after a former ruling stated that her previous prison sentence was too lenient, Associated Press reported.

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Amy Locane was sentenced to 8 years after her initial sentence was deemed too lenient and a new Locane — who acted in 13 episodes of the popular 1990s Fox series and has also appeared in An appeals court ruled he misapplied the law, but at a resentencing , the same judge declined to give her

Melrose Place actress Amy Locane has been sentenced to eight more years in New Jersey State Prison for her role in a fatal car crash . Locane ’s blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit when the 2010 crash occurred, killing Helene Seeman, 60, and severely injuring her

The state law requires her to serve more than six years before she is eligible for parole.

Locane went to prison in February 2013, serving nearly two and a half years of a three-year sentence on charges of vehicular homicide and assault that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured her husband, Fred Seeman.

During Thursday's proceedings, the actress apologized to the victims' family in a brief statement, though Mr. Seeman told the judge that Locane’s shifting of blame "shows contempt for this court and the jury that rendered the verdict."

"You made a conscious decision to drink that day and continued to drink, recognizing at the onset that you needed a ride, but didn’t obtain one," the judge told Locane during the proceeding. "If you hadn’t gotten behind the wheel of your vehicle on this night, the incident never would have happened."

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Melrose Place actress Amy Locane is sentenced to another five years in prison for drunk driving crash that killed a 60- year -old woman State Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan appeared to be sympathetic to Wronko's argument that double jeopardy should apply and void the resentencing , but

' Melrose place ' actress amy locane -bovenizer guilty in fatal car crash . An appeals court ordered Locane to be re - sentenced after Locane 's blood-alcohol level was likely about three times the legal limit for driving at the time of the crash in Somerville, according to a state expert.

Amy Locane wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Bobby Bank/Getty Amy Locane © Provided by People Bobby Bank/Getty Amy Locane

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Locane's attorney James Wronko tells PEOPLE that he is "shocked" by the new sentence and "embarrassed to be part of a system that can do this."

"She has been out of prison for five years. She did everything they asked, and went above and beyond," Wronko says of Locane, adding that his client has spent years following her prison release coaching others about the dangers of alcohol abuse. "She's apologized at every sentencing proceeding."

Locane currently has 45 days to appeal her sentence. Wronko says a petition for the New Jersey Supreme Court to hear his appeal based on double jeopardy principles is pending.

This was Locane's fourth sentencing in nearly a decade. In 2019, Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan sentenced Locane to five years in prison after her first two convictions from another judge were overturned for being too short under minimum sentencing guidelines. However, Shanahan's ruling was rejected by an appeals court in July.

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Actress Amy Locane , 48, was sentenced for the fourth time in the 2010 crash that took the life of New Jersey woman Helene Seeman, 60. The defendant, who already served prison time for the fatal incident, was given eight years in prison by Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski, according to

Related: Melrose Place actress Amy Locane on life after DWI . Locane — who acted in 13 episodes of the An appeals court ruled he misapplied the law, but at a resentencing , the same Locane wasn't indicted for drunken driving , but a state expert testified her blood alcohol level was likely about

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In 2017, when Superior Court Judge Robert B. Reed refused to change his previous sentence despite an appeals court’s concerns that it was too lenient, Locane said she was "absolutely terrified" of the thought of receiving more prison time.

Amy Locane looking at the camera © Patti Sapone/AP/Shutterstock Amy Locane

"I had worked so hard since 2010 on my sobriety, on adjusting to life in prison, on being released from prison, on acclimating to my children’s lives, and to parole that having to go back would seriously interrupt, if not destroy, any progress I had made in becoming human again,” she told NJ Advance Media in an interview.

At the time, Locane said that she wanted to focus on being a mom rather than returning to her acting career.

“First of all, I want to stay sober,” she said. “I want to help people not make the same mistake I made. I want to warn the youth about the dangers of drinking and driving. Everybody thinks it’s not going to happen to them, including myself.”

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