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Amy Locane | Source: Getty Images
Amy Locane | Source: Getty Images

‘Melrose Place’ Star Ended Up in Prison & Feared Her ‘Kids Are Gonna Forget’ Mom: Her Jailhouse Interview

Taitirwa Sehliselwe Murape
Sep 30, 2023
06:00 A.M.
  • Due to an unfortunate twist of fate, "Melrose Place" star Amy Locane landed in prison.
  • While there, the actress gave an interview where she opened up about her fears concerning her sentence.
  • During the discussion, she shared, "My kids are gonna forget me."
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Amy Locane posing for a picture on January 1, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane posing for a picture on January 1, 1993 | Source: Getty Images

American actress Amy Locane, 51, has been going through an extremely distressful and challenging time. Once known for her Hollywood heydays, her star power dimmed after she was charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Amy Locane with the cast of "Melrose Place" on January 1, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane with the cast of "Melrose Place" on January 1, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

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Years before Locane ended up in prison, she starred in the popular series, "Melrose Place," alongside a cast who all became stars in their own right.

Amy Locane with the cast of "Melrose Place" in 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane with the cast of "Melrose Place" in 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Some of the most notable big names from the hit series include Heather Locklear, Doug Savant, Vanessa Estelle Williams, Marcia Cross, Kristin Davis, Kelly Rutherford, Lisa Rinna, and Alyssa Milano. They have all gone on to achieve incredibly successful careers in Hollywood, in both television and film.

Courtney Thorne-Smith, Doug Savant, Vanessa Williams, Grant Show, Amy Locane, Thomas Calabro and Josie Bissett from "Melrose Place" in 1993 | Source: Getty Images

Courtney Thorne-Smith, Doug Savant, Vanessa Williams, Grant Show, Amy Locane, Thomas Calabro and Josie Bissett from "Melrose Place" in 1993 | Source: Getty Images

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Meanwhile, the "Cry-Baby" star has been serving time in prison as a result of her crime. She first went to prison in 2012 and was released, only to be sentenced again a few years later.

Amy Locane at the 1st Annual "IT List" Party in 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the 1st Annual "IT List" Party in 2002 | Source: Getty Images

During her most recent time spent in prison, Locane, who is also a mother of two, gave an exclusive interview from the jailhouse, at the height of the pandemic in 2020, when she had to be isolated in a jail cell.

Amy Locane at the Horror Con & Film Festival in Iselin, New Jersey on March 2, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the Horror Con & Film Festival in Iselin, New Jersey on March 2, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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During the interview, Locane brought up her children and how they were forced to grow up without her. She spoke about finding it difficult not knowing how they were coping or getting on with remote learning.

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Sugartown" in Beverly Hills, California in 1999 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Sugartown" in Beverly Hills, California in 1999 | Source: Getty Images

When asked how her daughters took the news of her return to prison, Locane said they were more confused than anything. One of her girls outright asked why the judicial system was clamping down so hard on her.

Amy Locane at Soapnet's 5th Anniversary Party in 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at Soapnet's 5th Anniversary Party in 2005 | Source: Getty Images

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However, Locane reiterated her intention not to downplay the seriousness of the situation that landed her in prison in the first place. Of the fact that her case has gained worldwide notoriety and whether or not that brings her some sense of solace, the "Bad Karma" talent disclosed:

"I try to stay positive, but there is the fear that people will forget. I have a huge fear right now that my kids are gonna forget me. I won't be home until my oldest is 18 and my youngest is 16..."

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Carried Away" in Century City, Los Angeles in 1996 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Carried Away" in Century City, Los Angeles in 1996 | Source: Getty Images

Locane further expressed her inability to comprehend the reality she has been hit with. Although she admitted to somewhat being comforted by the fact that people are interested in her story, she ultimately believes that the public will forget her as soon as her case stops being a story of interest.

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Amy Locane at the special screening of "Willard" in 2003 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the special screening of "Willard" in 2003 | Source: Getty Images

How Amy Locane Landed in Prison Twice

Locane's story of how she landed in prison dates back to a tragically fateful night in 2010. After finishing a performance at a local community theatre on the night of June 27 in Hopewell, New Jersey, Locane enjoyed a few drinks at a wrap party.

Steve Buscemi, Amy Locane, and Adam Sandler at the premiere of "Airheads" in New York City on August 1, 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Steve Buscemi, Amy Locane, and Adam Sandler at the premiere of "Airheads" in New York City on August 1, 1994 | Source: Getty Images

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Following the party, Locane went to a barbeque, joining her then-husband and friends for a few more libations. After her ex-spouse, whom Locane said she expected to catch a ride with, left early with their kids, she drove herself home against her better judgment.

Amy Locane at LAX in Los Angeles, California in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at LAX in Los Angeles, California in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

On her way, she crashed into the back of a car at a red light. The driver whose car she hit approached Locane for her insurance details and immediately knew she was drunk.

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Blue Sky" in New York City in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Blue Sky" in New York City in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

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The driver attempted to take Locane's keys away from her and told her the authorities had been dispatched. However, Locane evaded the driver and sped off.

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Airheads" in New York City in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Airheads" in New York City in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

In her haste, while driving at 53mph, she fatally crashed into another vehicle, killed a 60-year-old wife and mother named Helene Seeman, and severely injuring her husband, Fred Seeman.

A screenshot of Helene Seeman, who died as a result of the car accident, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of Helene Seeman, who died as a result of the car accident, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

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A screenshot of Helene Seeman and the car she and her husband were driving after the accident, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of Helene Seeman and the car she and her husband were driving after the accident, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

Locane, who was not badly hurt, was almost three times well over the drunk driving limit. After the tragedy, she appeared before a grand jury in Somerset County and was indicted for manslaughter.

Amy Locane's mugshot taken in Somerville, New Jersey on June 27, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane's mugshot taken in Somerville, New Jersey on June 27, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

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The "Carried Away" star faced 10 to 30 years in prison for the charge and an additional 5 to 10 years for assault by auto charge. Speaking to a news outlet about the manslaughter charge, Locane's lawyer, Blair Zwillman, declared:

"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."

A screenshot of Amy Locane sitting in court with her legal team, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of Amy Locane sitting in court with her legal team, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

Locane may have been indicted the same year the tragedy ensued; however, she was only convicted two years later in November. Due to mitigating factors and a clean criminal record prior to the accident, though the minimum sentence was five years, Locane managed to get only three.

A significant factor that the judge considered while determining her punishment was that Locane had to care for her children, especially since one of them suffered from an autoimmune disorder.

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A screenshot of Amy Locane in court, posted on February 16, 2019. | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of Amy Locane in court, posted on February 16, 2019. | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

Naturally, the bereaved family vehemently disagreed with the lenient sentence and felt that the judge's ruling was a travesty. Though the state announced it had the right to increase the sentence, Locane scored parole and was released in 2015.

A screenshot of the Seeman family in court, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of the Seeman family in court, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

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The 51-year-old attempted to turn her life around once released. She started attending a new church after rediscovering her faith during her incarceration and became close friends with a therapist who was a church member.

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Secretary" in New York City on September 18, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the premiere of "Secretary" in New York City on September 18, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Despite doing her best to turn over a new leaf, applying for jobs, enrolling in basic English and business courses, and attending AA, Locane's husband divorced her, and she felt ostracized and shunned by some of her friends. While opening up in a past interview about her first time in prison, Locane shared:

"Being in prison is almost like witnessing your own death. People write to you initially and then they disappear..."

Amy Locane at the premiere of "School Ties" in Beverly Hills, California on September 11, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

Amy Locane at the premiere of "School Ties" in Beverly Hills, California on September 11, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

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Amy Locane Was Re-Sentenced after Being Released Years Ago

Although Locane thought she was done serving her time in prison, the appeals court ruled that her first sentence was too lenient a year after her release. However, again, a judge disagreed and kept the sentence the same.

A screenshot of Amy Locane in court, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of Amy Locane in court, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

However, in 2019, she was re-sentenced to another five years by a new judge. Despite being free on bail pending a further appeal, in 2020, the appeals court again deemed the new judge's ruling incorrect, and a third and final judge was brought in to re-assess the case.

A screenshot of Fred Seeman getting emotional as he testified, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of Fred Seeman getting emotional as he testified, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

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This time, the final judge re-sentenced Locane to eight years for second-degree vehicular homicide and 18 months for fourth-degree assault. The New Jersey state law requires her to serve at least six years before she can be considered for parole.

A screenshot of Amy Locane answering a reporter's question as she leaves court, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

A screenshot of Amy Locane answering a reporter's question as she leaves court, posted on February 16, 2019 | Source: YouTube/CBS New York

This year is Locane's fifth year in prison since her final re-sentencing, and next year will be her sixth, meaning she will soon be eligible for parole.

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