A former Melrose place star has broken her silence after killing a woman while driving drunk.
45-year-old Amy Locane told Nj.com how she lost her friends and went through a marriage breakdown after years of “dehumanising” jail time which saw her showering with 60 other women and forfeiting any right to privacy.
“Being in prison is almost like witnessing your own death,” she said.
“People write you initially and then they disappear. Then, sometimes you hear from absolute strangers and they tell you to stay strong.”
Locane was three times over the legal limit when she rear-ended Fred and Helene Seeman’s car in New Jersey in 2010. The crash killed Mrs Seeman, while her husband was severely injured.
After serving just 2.5 years Locane was released from prison, with Superior Court Judge B. Reed listing the welfare of Locane’s two daughters, aged eight and six, as the reason she was spared a harsher sentence.
“I know Judge Reed went out on the limb for me and I’m not going to let him down,” she said. “When someone sees the good in you like that and gives you a second chance, you don’t want to disappoint them. I haven’t taken a drink since the accident.”
“There hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I didn’t think of Helene Seeman,” Locane continued.
“I feel terrible for her family. I know that they are hurting. I know that they are grieving. I have said that I’m sorry over and over to them, but I feel like it falls on deaf ears.”
Since her release, Locane is focusing on educating others on the dangers of drink driving while also helping other women transition from prison life back into regular society.
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