Back in June we learned that former original Melrose Place actress Amy Locane (who starred in the first season of the original show back in the 1990′s) got busted for drunk driving after she killed another driver in a car accident. Today we learn that Locane has been indicted with felony aggravated manslaughter and assault by a grand jury and faces up to 15 to 40 years in prison if she is convicted on both charges!
Former “Melrose Place” star Amy Locane has been indicted in New Jersey on charges of aggravated manslaughter and assault by auto following her deadly crash earlier this year … TMZ has learned. Sources tell TMZ Locane was indicted this afternoon by a grand jury in Somerset County. As we previously reported, Locane smashed into the side of another car in Montgomery, NJ back in June … killing the woman in the front seat. Locane told cops she had several glasses of wine before getting behind the wheel. Locane faces 10-30 years behind bars for the manslaughter charge — and 5-10 years for the assault by auto charge. Locane’s attorney Blair Zwillman tells TMZ he’s “surprised” at the aggravated manslaughter charge, adding, “I don’t believe it is supported by the law or the facts and I think it constitutes over-reaching by the prosecutor’s office.”
I can appreciate that Locane‘s lawyer is trying to argue is client out of prison but the fact that she KILLED someone because of her admitted drunk driving seems pretty clear to me that she needs to be locked up for a very long time. At the end of the day, Locane ended someone’s life … and no amount of time served in prison will undo that horrible act. Whether or not she serves a shorter sentence in prison or a longer sentence, she can never truly atone for taking another person’s life. It remains to be seen first if she will be convicted on these charges and second how long she will be sentenced to prison if she is convicted. I really have no sympathy for Amy Locane one way or the other. My thoughts go out to the family who lost their loved one in this tragic accident. The price they continue to pay is immeasurable :(