DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN 2010 DWI/VEHICULAR HOMICIDE
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Chief of County Detective John W. Fodor announced that defendant Amy Locane (age 48) of Hopewell Borough, Mercer County, New Jersey was sentenced today by Somerset County Superior Court Judge the Honorable Angela F. Borkowski, J.S.C., to serve eight years in State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act (N.E.R.A 85% provision), during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole, for a vehicular homicide and assault-by-auto that occurred in Montgomery Township, Somerset County, New Jersey in June 2010.
Prosecutor Robertson stated today's sentencing was the culmination of eight years of appellate litigation in which three prior sentencings were reversed on appeal by the State Appellate Division.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Sunday, June 27, 2010, Fred and Helene Seeman were returning to their Montgomery Township Home from a nearby restaurant. As the victims turned onto the driveway of their home, their vehicle was broadsided by a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe being operated by Amy Locane. Driver Fred Seeman (then age 62) sustained serious bodily injuries that included seven fractured ribs and a punctured lung. Passenger Helene Seeman (then age 62) was pronounced deceased at the scene. Defendant Locane, who sustained minor injuries, was immediately arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and transported to a nearby hospital for a blood-draw.
Prosecutor Robertson stated a forensic investigation conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Unit (C.A.R.T) and Montgomery Township Police confirmed that defendant's SUV was speeding 53 mph in a 35 mph zone with a blood-alcohol concentration of approximately .230% at the time of the collision. Prosecutor Robertson stated, prior to the collision, the defendant had fled a minor hit-and-run at the traffic light controlling Route 206 and Cherry Valley Road in nearby Princeton Township.
Prosecutor Robertson stated defendant Locane was ultimately convicted by a jury verdict on November 27, 2012, of second degree vehicular homicide and third degree assault by auto. On February 14, 2013, the defendant was sentenced by the trial Judge, the Honorable Robert B. Reed, P.J.Cr., to serve three years in State Prison pursuant to N.E.R.A. The State appealed the sentence. On June 22, 2016, the Appellate Division vacated and remanded the sentence for another sentencing proceeding.
Prosecutor Robertson stated defendant Locane was re-sentenced by Judge Reed on January 13, 2017, to the same three year sentence. The State appealed the sentence, and on March 23, 2018, the Appellate Division vacated the second sentence and remanded the matter to another Judge to impose a sentence in accord with its published opinion.
Prosecutor Robertson stated defendant's third sentence occurred on February 15, 2019, before the Honorable Kevin M. Shanahan, P.J.Cr. Judge Shanahan sentenced the defendant to serve five years in State Prison, which was again appealed by the State.
Prosecutor Robertson stated, recently, on July 22, 2020, the Appellate Division again vacated defendant's third sentence and remanded the matter again to the Law Division for a fourth sentencing proceeding with instructions for the new sentencing Judge to comply with its earlier decisions.
Today, Judge Borkowski sentenced the defendant to eight years in State Prison while acknowledging that the defendant voluntarily served 30.6 months in State Prison during the eight years of appellate litigation. Defendant will receive credit for time already served.
Assistant Somerset County Prosecutor Matthew Murphy represented the State during the entirety of the prosecution.