On May 19, 1992, Amy Fisher, then only 17 years old, shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco, 37, in the face at her Long Island home before fleeing with a then-unidentified male in a Pontiac Thunderbird.
Mary Jo was the wife of Joey Buttafuoco, the man with whom Fisher had been having a secret affair.
The tangled love triangle that very nearly turned deadly soon captivated the nation, and in “Snapped: Amy Fisher,” those closest to the case delve into what prosecutors soon discovered to be a case of premeditated attempted murder.
Fisher’s friends reportedly told investigators that Fisher had been obsessed for nearly a year with figuring out a way to kill Mary Jo, “America’s Most Wanted” producer Jon Leiberman told “Snapped.”
According to Julie McCarron, co-author of Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s memoir “Getting It Through My Thick Skull,” the teen had “promised" two separate boys money and oral sex if they would shoot Mary Jo for her.”
Though the two apparently refused Fisher’s terms, one man — Peter Guagenti, then 21 — took the deal.
On June 12, nearly one month after Fisher first shot Mary Jo, and a day after he was picked out of a lineup by a witness, Guagenti turned the case upside down by admitting both to helping Fisher get the .25 caliber handgun she’d used, and to driving her to and from the house that day.
Why did Guagenti do it?
Guagenti's lawyer said that he met Fisher at a party in Brooklyn where she offered him "sexual favors in exchange for a gun," according to the New York Times.
According to prosecutor Fred Klein, it was actually Guagenti’s confession that helped authorities locate the gun and turn the case around.
“He led us to the gun. He told us that after the shooting, either she or he threw it down a sewer and told us where, and bingo, we find the gun,” Klein said. “So, he really put the case together nicely for us.”
“Your act of supplying the gun started a chain reaction which caused agony and pain to many people,” said Judge Goodman, presiding over Guagenti’s case, sentencing him to six months in jail, according to the New York Times. Guagenti’s lawyer contended that he was just a “pawn” in a “vicious and heinous act.”
For more on the case of the “Long Island Lolita” — including interviews with Mary Jo Buttafuoco — watch “Snapped: Amy Fisher.”