Buttafuoco weighs guilty plea to sex with Amy Fisher

May 14, 1993|By Newsday

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Joey Buttafuoco's lawyer and prosecutors are discussing the possibility of Mr. Buttafuoco's pleading guilty to a charge that he had sex with Amy Fisher when she was 16 years old, according to sources close to the case.

Sources said prosecutors and Mr. Buttafuoco's lawyer, Marvyn Kornberg, met yesterday and informally discussed a plea but were unable to reach agreement. Prosecutors are insisting that Mr. Buttafuoco plead guilty to a top count in the 19-count indictment and admit wrongdoing, the sources said. He is charged with six counts of statutory rape, 12 counts of sodomy and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Mr. Kornberg declined to comment yesterday, citing a court-imposed gag order. But Mr. Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo, said her husband would consider a guilty plea -- not because he is guilty, she said, but because he fears he could not get an impartial jury given the storm of publicity in the case.

"There is absolutely no way that Joe can get a fair trial," Mrs. Buttafuoco said. "Maybe he could get a fair trial in Siberia, but I doubt it."

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