‘Melrose Place’ Actress Convicted of Vehicular Homicide

    Attorney Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, left, holds the hand of  former "Melrose Place" actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer, 40, of Hopewell Township, N.J. as the jury in her trial returns a verdict on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 in Somerville, N.J.   The jurors convicted Locane-Bovenizer of vehicular homicide, but acquitted her of a more serious charge, aggravated manslaughter, in the 2010 accident that killed a 60-year-old woman. Somerset County prosecutors said Locane-Bovenizer's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when the crash occurred on a dark two-lane road in Montgomery Township. The defence conceded she was driving under the influence. But her lawyer claimed a woman was chasing her after an earlier accident, forcing her to speed.  (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Robert Sciarrino, Pool)

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    Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was found guilty Tuesday of vehicular homicide and assault by auto after she slammed her SUV into another car in 2010, killing a passenger and severely injuring the driver. At the time of the incident, Locane-Bovenizer had a blood-alcohol content that was almost three times the legal limit. The defense conceded that the actress was drunk, but claimed another motorist who was pursuing Locane-Bovenizer—after being rear-ended by her—was criminally responsible. Locane-Bovenizer faces 15 years in prison. She will be sentenced March 1.

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