Amy Locane-Bovenizer in court. Picture: Robert Sciarrino

A former Melrose Place actress who was drink-driving when her SUV plowed into a car and killed a New Jersey woman has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The victim's husband yelled, "What a travesty" at the judge after Thursday's sentencing, and he and his son stormed out of the courtroom.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer faced up to 10 years in prison after a jury in November convicted her of vehicular homicide in the 2010 death of 60-year-old Helene Seeman in Montgomery Township.

The judge lowered the maximum sentence citing the hardship on Locane-Bovenizer's two children. One has a medical and mental disability.

The actress apologised to Ms Seeman's family.

Locane-Bovenizer's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when the crash occurred as Ms Seeman's husband turned into their driveway.

The West Australian

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