Mary Jo Buttafuoco was recently featured extensively on Oxygen's season 24 premiere of "Snapped," where she talked about being shot by Amy Fisher 26 years ago. Mary Jo stopped by the Oxygen offices to talk about what life is like now.
In this video, Mary Jo says she forgave Amy Fisher, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, and recalls speaking positively about her at her parole hearing. "She was in prison for seven years and she's coming up for parole," Mary Jo explains. "I was like, 'you could change your life, you really could take this and do something with it and I hope you do. Because thank God you didn't kill me, or you'd still be sitting in prison.'"
Mary Jo explains that while Amy made a huge mistake, she wanted her to "go out and try to make it right" and to help other people.
"That never happened," she said.
Mary Jo also talks about what impact the shooting had on her kids as well as her relationship with her ex-husband, Joey Buttafuoco. "They were 12 and 9 when this happened," Mary Jo says. "It has been terribly hard for them. When you're a teenager and in your 20s, drugs and alcohol came into the picture for both of them. It was rough. It was very rough for them."
But Mary Jo says both of her children have overcome obstacles and are doing well now. "They are so fantastic now. They are empathetic. They've been through something," she says. "They're kind, they don't judge. They know that their dad made a lot of mistakes. They don't follow in his footsteps."
Mary Jo describes her current relationship with her former husband Joey Buttafuoco as "amicable."
Listen to her emotional interview on Oxygen's Martinis & Murder podcast, which can be listened to below.
New episodes of "Snapped" air every Sunday at 6/5c on Oxygen.