Court orders 4th sentencing for actress in 2010 fatal crash

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo shows Amy Locane Bovenizer entering the courtroom to be sentenced in Somerville, N.J. On Friday, July 24, 2020, the former "Melrose Place" actress could go back to prison even though she has already served a sentence for a fatal drunken driving crash, after an appeals court ruling this week. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Patti Sapone, Pool, FIle)
FILE - This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo shows Amy Locane Bovenizer entering the courtroom to be sentenced in Somerville, N.J. On Friday, July 24, 2020, the former "Melrose Place" actress could go back to prison even though she has already served a sentence for a fatal drunken driving crash, after an appeals court ruling this week. (AP Photo/The Star-Ledger, Patti Sapone, Pool, FIle)

A former “Melrose Place” actress who has already served a sentence for a fatal drunken driving crash could go back to prison.

The complicated legal history of the case against Amy Locane includes three sentences imposed by two judges, as well as numerous appeals. It stems from a crash in March 2010 that killed Helene Seeman and seriously injured her husband, Fred, as they turned into their driveway in Montgomery Township in central New Jersey.

Locane's case has bounced around the New Jersey court system for several years as prosecutors have sought a longer sentence than the one initially imposed by a judge in 2013.

This week, an appeals court ruled that a different judge incorrectly resentenced her last year, and sent the case back for another sentencing.

The ruling issued Wednesday also rejected Locane’s argument that sentencing her again violates double jeopardy protections since she’s already completed her sentence and parole term.

James Wronko, Locane's attorney, said Friday he would appeal to the state Supreme Court, a process that could take several months to play out.

“Ms. Locane has been out of prison for five years, and it's been two years since she completed parole,” Wronko said. “During this entire time she has done everything they’ve asked her to do, and it’s difficult to explain to her two girls why five years later, Mommy’s being put back in prison.”

The actress contended the crash was an accident and that a third motorist, whose car Locane had bumped into at a traffic light minutes earlier, distracted her by honking at her and chasing her.