Mary Jo Buttafuoco Forgave Amy Fisher For Shooting Her, Asked Judge For Mercy – Amy Fisher, dubbed the “Long Island Lolita” after shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face, was released for prison after seven years. At the resentencing trial, Buttafuoco asked the judge for mercy and advocated for Fisher’s release.
Mary Jo Buttafuoco Forgave Amy Fisher For Shooting Her, Asked Judge For Mercy:
Amy Fisher was a 17-year-old high school student in 1992 when she shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the face. She’d met Buttafuoco’s husband when she was 16 years old and had begun an affair with him. The crime caught the attention of tabloids around the world, which dubbed Fisher the “Long Island Lolita.”
Fisher was convicted in December 1992 and was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, according to Biography.com. She ended up serving seven years total in prison at the Albion Correctional Facility in New York. Fisher has since changed her name in order to look for privacy and has turned down multiple TV appearances.
Mary Jo Buttafuoco chose to forgive Amy Fisher and wanted to tell the public what really happened, according to Fox News. She said she was angry and resentful for years, but she eventually came around and knew she had to forgive her shooter in order to move on with her life.
“For a long time… I hated her,” she said. “I hated what she did, I hated that she came to my house, interrupted my life. The audacity of this punk to come and do this.”
Buttafuoco added that she was taking medication to deal with the injuries and had bouts of feeling okay and made sure that her children never saw her when she was angry, though she dealt with addiction because of the drugs she was on for her recovery. She told the Fox News that it was during her time in rehab that she decided she needed to forgive the woman who had shot her in order to let go of all the anger and pain.
“I sobered up and I realized, ‘You’re right… I can’t feel like this anymore… I got to let you go because you’re killing me all over again… It sounds so cliche… it’s just a process that when you have something like this, you have to move forward. To move forward you have to forgive, you have to.”
The New York Times reported that Mary Jo Buttafuoco attended the resentencing hearing for Fisher and plead for the judge to release Fisher from prison. After the release, Fisher was on probation until February 26, 2003. She underwent periodic drug testing during that time.
In the episode of ABC News’ 20/20, Buttafuoco’s daughter Jessie, who was 9 years old at the time of the shooting, opened up about her life and shared never-before-seen home videos from her childhood. She said she has tried to heal and has used many different outlets to get there.
“Growing up for me, the performing arts was my outlet,” she said. “When I was on stage, I was a character. I wasn’t Jessie Buttafuoco, and it was so nice to get out of that reality.”
She said that her friends would call her “Showtime,” but all along, she was in pain over what had happened to her mother. She shared that, although she has been trying to find peace and move forward, she has a hard time loving.
“What makes me the most sad, to be honest, is my complete inability to be able to love somebody because of all of this,” she said in the interview. “Since I was 9 years old, all I’ve known is that sex and love and intimacy leads to bad things. It’s extremely hard for me to even think that love exists.”
Is Amy Fisher Married?
Amy Fisher’s life changed course when she was 16-years-old and met and fell in love with the 36-year old Joey Buttafuoco. Then, at 17, on May 19, 1992, she made it worse by trying to kill Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her lover.
The scandal and the details of the case only deepened when, during her attempted murder trial, it was revealed that she worked in an escort service. This story became the subject of a few TV movies and special, and then, almost three decades later, ABC’s ’20/20′ decided to chronicle it in an episode entitled ‘Growing Up Buttafuoco.’ But, for now, let’s focus on just Amy Fisher and her personal relationships, shall we?
On December 2, 1992, after being convicted of the reduced charge of first-degree aggravated assault, Amy Fisher was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after 5. In 1996, while she was behind bars, she filed a lawsuit saying that she was repeatedly raped by the prison guards there.
She sought $20 million in damages and asked to be transferred to another prison. However, in 1997, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York determined that her allegations were not credible. And so, the case went nowhere. During this time, though, Mary Jo, Amy’s victim, met her mother and started writing letters to Amy.