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Looknsee Photography
Posts: 20,834
Portland, Oregon, US


Anyone know the actress Amy Locane?  She's a "middle tier" actress who was in lots of modestly successful movies, and I guess she did a season of Melrose Place.  I think I remember her as the female lead in the film, Cry Baby.

In any case, she was sentenced to 3 years in prison for vehicular homicide.  The family of the victim was very upset -- they wanted something closer to the maximum penalty of 10 years.

So, whatcha think?  What would be an appropriate sentence?  Do you think she got a break because she was a celebrity? 

I think 3 years for a first offense is a long time, something that is still likely to change her life.  I also think that the family of the victim(s) is not the appropriate group to define what is appropriate for a sentence.
Feb 14 13 03:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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GK photo
Posts: 27,431
Laguna Beach, California, US


yeah, i read about that. it sounds like the judge fell for some cult of personality nonsense. and to a very low level celeb at that. why her kids factored into the decision is ludicrous. and three years for a first offense is not a long time. it was vehicular homicide. maybe something like 7 years would have been better.

the real travesty is that people who commit these crimes eventually get their licenses back.

did you read the defenses claims? very shoddy and overreaching.

that family will never have peace. they will need to just let it go. much easier said than done.
Feb 14 13 03:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 35,985
Columbus, Ohio, US


Looknsee Photography wrote:
I think 3 years for a first offense is a long time, something that is still likely to change her life.  I also think that the family of the victim(s) is not the appropriate group to define what is appropriate for a sentence.

What if it was your mother or sister who was killed. Would 3 years be enough?

In 2-1/2 yrs she will get her life back, which at 40 yrs of age, isn't a long time.......where will the woman and her family be in 2.5 yrs? Their lives are ruined forever.

Earlier in both our lifetimes, she would've gotten months in the county jail for this, if that.

Nowdays.....2.5 yrs. for someone 3 times past the legal limit is chump change.

Feb 14 13 03:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


GK photo wrote:
did you read the defenses claims? very shoddy and overreaching.

If I believed in a hell, I'd be convinced that defense attorney has a reserved room there with his name on it.

Feb 14 13 03:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
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Lodi, California, US


It would be interesting to see a survey done of all court cases in Los Angeles County to see how celebrities get convicted and sentenced, compared to people not in the entertainment industry.
Feb 14 13 03:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 35,985
Columbus, Ohio, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:
It would be interesting to see a survey done of all court cases in Los Angeles County to see how celebrities get convicted and sentenced, compared to people not in the entertainment industry.

Trial was in New Jersey.....
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/1 … oxica.html

Feb 14 13 03:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
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Lodi, California, US


Small Fruit Pits wrote:
Trial was in New Jersey.....
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/1 … oxica.html

My bad.

I'd still be interested in seeing some hard data on how courts treat celebs in an industry town.

Feb 14 13 03:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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rfordphotos
Posts: 4,610
Antioch, California, US


That is a tough one. If it was her very first DD offense, if she had a totally clean record otherwise... I dont know what the going rate for this kinda crime is these days.

Sometimes decent people do screw up in a big way. I dont know her criminal history.

If I was the family of the woman killed, I know it wouldnt seem enough. Locane expressed remorse... but that could easily be what he defense attor. told her to do...

If she had picked up a gun and shot the lady, what should the penalty be?

Why would it be any different (if you think it should be)?

If she has even the slightest hint of a previous DD problem, I would put her in for the max.
Feb 14 13 03:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Christopher Hartman
Posts: 53,743
Buena Park, California, US


I bet if you're drunk and "accidentally" shoot someone dead, you'll get more than 3 years.
Feb 14 13 04:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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Russian Katarina
Posts: 1,413
London, England, United Kingdom


Orca Bay Images wrote:
It would be interesting to see a survey done of all court cases in Los Angeles County to see how celebrities get convicted and sentenced, compared to people not in the entertainment industry.

That one actor from Prison Break received about the same sentence for the same crime and he didn't have any kids. What's worse, he drove a couple of high school kids around (one of whom died in the crash) while being intoxicated.

Compared to that, it doesn't seem like the actress got off easier.

Feb 14 13 04:04 pm  Link  Quote 
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Wildcat Photography
Posts: 1,486
Valparaiso, Indiana, US


Small Fruit Pits wrote:

Trial was in New Jersey.....
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/1 … oxica.html

Thank you for posting the article.

IMO...

She got off easy...should have received 7 years for killing the wife and at least 3 for the serious injury of the husband.

She was over 3 times the legal limit.

Not a casual drinker.

Anyway...drunks usually only spend 1/2 their sentence in jail.

Wildcat

Feb 14 13 04:09 pm  Link  Quote 
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rfordphotos
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Antioch, California, US


Orca Bay Images wrote:
It would be interesting to see a survey done of all court cases in Los Angeles County to see how celebrities get convicted and sentenced, compared to people not in the entertainment industry.

I cant find the article I read, (its been a couple years) but during a Lohan fuss a while back someone did look up statistics in the LA area... "Celebrity" itself wasnt a big factor in sentencing for crimes like drunk driving, small drug possession charges etc etc--- Mounting a good defense was however- so if you could afford good legal representation you tended to do better...

I suspect that holds true whatever jurisdiction you might be in.....

Feb 14 13 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Wildcat Photography
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Valparaiso, Indiana, US


PS...the wife is dead...just as surely if she would have put a gun to her head and blown it off.
Feb 14 13 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Digitoxin
Posts: 13,332
Houston, Texas, US


Blood alcohol at 3 times the legal limit?

She didn't think of her kids at all as she was downing all that booze.

Maximum sentence, if I was the judge.
Feb 14 13 04:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Looknsee Photography
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Portland, Oregon, US


Looknsee Photography wrote:
I think 3 years for a first offense is a long time, something that is still likely to change her life.  I also think that the family of the victim(s) is not the appropriate group to define what is appropriate for a sentence.
Small Fruit Pits wrote:
What if it was your mother or sister who was killed. Would 3 years be enough?

In 2-1/2 yrs she will get her life back, which at 40 yrs of age, isn't a long time.......where will the woman and her family be in 2.5 yrs? Their lives are ruined forever.

Earlier in both our lifetimes, she would've gotten months in the county jail for this, if that.

Nowdays.....2.5 yrs. for someone 3 times past the legal limit is chump change.

Perhaps you missed the highlighted part.

What if it was your mother or sister who was behind the wheel?  Would 3 years be enough?

Think about being confined in one place for 3 years.  Where have you traveled since 2010?

>  Okay -- what's the point of jail?  Is it to punish the criminal?  Is it to give them time to reflect & rehabilitate?  Is it to give them time to feel remorseful?  Is it to take a dangerous criminal off of the streets?  I don't know.  But no amount of jail time will bring the poor victim back.

So, I don't know.

Feb 14 13 07:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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R A V E N D R I V E
Posts: 15,867
New York, New York, US


Looknsee Photography wrote:
>  Okay -- what's the point of jail?  Is it to punish the criminal?  Is it to give them time to reflect & rehabilitate?  Is it to give them time to feel remorseful?  Is it to take a dangerous criminal off of the streets?  I don't know.  But no amount of jail time will bring the poor victim back.

So, I don't know.

which is precisely why the Norwegian detention system isn't about bloodthirsty retribution

they won't even deport convicts because our prisons don't meet their humanitarian standards, but hey, some people just aren't used to Americans

Feb 14 13 08:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Wildcat Photography
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Valparaiso, Indiana, US


Christopher Hartman wrote:
I bet if you're drunk and "accidentally" shoot someone dead, you'll get more than 3 years.

+1

Feb 19 13 10:46 am  Link  Quote 
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Tim Little Photography
Posts: 11,524
Wilmington, Delaware, US


First offense doesn't matter. She was three times the legal limit so she knew she was drunk. She should have gotten the max. We are too soft on drunk drivers. A first offense should come with such a huge fine no one would dare risk having to pay it.
Feb 19 13 11:10 am  Link  Quote 
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-Nicole-
Posts: 19,180
Madison, Wisconsin, US


3 years isn't shit for her crime...
Feb 19 13 11:19 am  Link  Quote 
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Wildcat Photography
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Valparaiso, Indiana, US


-Nicole- wrote:
3 years isn't shit for her crime...

Yes, considering she will probably get out in 1 to 1 1/2 years for good behavior.

However, the innocent family will be devastated for the rest of their lives.
And probably also be in financial ruin with medical bills, funeral bills, and continuing health and mental issues.

The drunk should be responsible for all the future costs.

Feb 19 13 11:25 am  Link  Quote 
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Leo Howard
Posts: 6,732
Phoenix, Arizona, US


20 years, not a day less! Yes I understand that the max was 10, but she did this with the understanding that this sort of thing could happen, and still she decided to drink and drive.
Feb 19 13 11:30 am  Link  Quote 
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MKPhoto
Posts: 5,664
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


She was drunk. 3 years is what you get in many places these days, but it is proverbial "getting away with murder".
Feb 19 13 12:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Legacys 7
Posts: 33,755
San Francisco, California, US


I wonder if people weren't attractive or famous, would people come to their defense? I find it sad when drunk drivers get off. This wasn't just an accident where someone was hurt and seriously hurt. Someone was killed because someone chose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. While you're able to get your life back after 3 yrs, you can't bring a dead person back.
Feb 19 13 03:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Docta Shock Photografix
Posts: 1,724
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


Tim Little Photography wrote:
First offense doesn't matter. She was three times the legal limit so she knew she was drunk. She should have gotten the max. We are too soft on drunk drivers. A first offense should come with such a huge fine no one would dare risk having to pay it.

+ 10 years!!!

Feb 20 13 04:09 am  Link  Quote 
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Michael Kerrek
Posts: 1,389
Orlando, Florida, US


I hate drunk drivers. HATE them. I've seen way too much carnage in their wake over the years, families and friends torn apart... they just really piss me off with their destructive carelessness.

I think fitting punishment for her would be 5 years prison, knowing she'll get out in about 2.5 years, and a metric fuckton of community service over the span of YEARS, speaking out on drunk driving, doing the "I killed someone, check out how fucked I am and how devastated this family is" circuit in high schools, colleges, etc., to deter drunk driving.

Seriously, whatever time up to the 10 year maximum ISN'T spent in jail, should be spent with HEAVY community service time. Out in 2.5 for good behavior? 7.5 years of community service. Skip out on some community service? You get the whole 10 years, in prison, no second chance... and if you EVER drink and drive again, regardless of whether or not anyone is hurt as a result, you get 25 to life, based on judge and jury recommendations.

As much as I'd like to give everyone the full 10 years, the reality is that it's not a black/white scenario, and they're all a little different.
Feb 20 13 07:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Reflected
Posts: 16,043
New York, New York, US


And hours after her sentencing, Locane's husband took out a mailbox while driving across a neighbor's lawn. 

“I just don’t see why this is news,” Bovenizer said in a brief phone interview. “I’m just curious why you guys are so interested in my family.”

Bovenizer has been charged with failure to maintain a lane, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident. He is scheduled to appear in Hopewell municipal court on April 9.

http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/20 … actre.html
Mar 13 13 04:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Justin
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Fort Collins, Colorado, US


Heck, Matthew Broderick killed two people, driving on the wrong side of the road, and ended up paying a fine.
Mar 13 13 09:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gabrielle Heather
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Middle Island, New York, US


Tim Little Photography wrote:
First offense doesn't matter. She was three times the legal limit so she knew she was drunk. She should have gotten the max. We are too soft on drunk drivers. A first offense should come with such a huge fine no one would dare risk having to pay it.

I find this interesting from you

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