Prosecutor appeals sentence of Amy Locane-Bovenizer

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A New Jersey prosecutor Tuesday appealed the 3-year prison sentence given to a former "Melrose Place" actress for a drunken driving death, saying the judge improperly focused on the personal circumstances of the defendant, who has a sick and disabled child, The Associated Press reports.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer, who appeared in 13 episodes of TV's "Melrose Place" was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and assault by auto in a deadly 2010 accident.

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Locane-Bovenizer, 41, had faced a prison term of 5 to 10 years on the most serious count. But citing the needs of her two young children, one of them sick and disabled, the judge last week decided to sentence her at the bottom of a lower sentencing range.

In announcing his appeal, Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said: "The sentence sends a bewildering message to our society about the consequences of driving while intoxicated, improperly places focus upon the defendant's personal circumstances and, quite frankly, re-victimizes the true victims in this case."

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