Guest Author - Carol Taller
It was on December 1, 1992 that Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5-15 years for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the head at close range. After investigation the police determined that on May 17, 1992 this 17 year old girl showed up on Mary Jo's doorstep, rang the bell, and began a conversation with Mary Jo about her husband Joey.
When Mary Jo turned her back on Amy to dismiss the conversation, Amy took out a .25 caliber semiautomatic pistal,struck Mary Jo in the head with it, and then fired and hit her. Three neighbors heard the shots and hurried to the scene. While it looked like a mafia hit at close range, the police were cautious since the target was a suburban housewife.
Mary Jo was rushed to the hospital. There was a great deal of blood loss and concern if Mary Jo would live. She was rushed into surgery and pulled through. She was able to give details of the young girl that showed up at her door and the outrageous conversation that followed.
While there was little doubt that Amy was guilty, there was a lot of doubt about the facts leading to this horrific shooting. Did Amy really have an affair with Joey Buttafuoco as she claimed? Was he also a guilty party in the shooting?
According to Amy’s biography, Joey owned an auto repair shop and she met him after a her car needed repairs. She was impressed with him, and brought the car back for repeated repairs. During one of the repairs, Joey drove her home and made physical advances. They quickly became lovers.
At the same time, Amy bought herself a new car and didn’t have a job. She was desperate for money, and started working as a prostitute. Joey didn’t mind her employment.
After the shooting, Joey’s interviews with the police were very misleading. He was not forthcoming with the truth, and the police didn’t know what to believe. After Mary Jo woke up from her surgery and told the police what she remembered, Joey finally filled in enough details to lead the police to Amy.
Amy served a seven year sentence and was released from jail in 2003. She went back to school, changed her looks and got a job on a newspaper. She married a man 23 years older than her.
Amy admits that she made a mistake years ago when she shot Mary Jo but she believes that she has served her time and is trying to be a better person.