Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Amy Fisher

Awakening Justice

In February 1993, the Nassau County DAs office announced that it would reopen the case against Joey in relation to statutory rape charges made by Amy. He had not been absolved from any wrongdoing, as he had initially believed. In actuality, there was just not enough evidence available to prosecute him at the time, yet the case remained open.

Freeport Motor Inn
Freeport Motor Inn
 

In the spring of 1993, Amy was escorted from jail and brought before a grand jury to testify against Joey. She told how Joey had taken her to various motels and engaged in sexual relations with her from the age of 16. The jury was also shown evidence, such as receipts from the hotels that further supported Amys testimony.

Hotel receipts
Hotel receipts

Mary Jo also gave testimony before the grand jury, but on behalf of her husband. She accused Amy of lying and repeatedly claimed that her husband did not cheat on her. Despite her pleas, Joey was indicted on felony charges of rape and sodomy. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Joey pled not guilty and was led from the grand jury in handcuffs, professing his innocence as he walked away.

Over the months, the DAs office was able to accumulate a great deal of evidence against Joey. So much so that Joeys chances of being absolved of the crime were extremely low. Joeys realization of this led him to change his plea to guilty to one count of statutory rape during his trial in October 1993. He served six months for the crime.

After his release, he moved to Los Angeles and pursued an acting career. He also temporarily hosted a cable TV show, appeared in some television spots and briefly starred in cameo roles in several movies. In 1995, Joey was arrested again for violating his parole by soliciting sex from an undercover policewoman posing as a prostitute.

In the spring of 2003, Joey and Mary Jo divorced after 26 years of marriage. Their divorce was said to have been amicable. According to an Associated Press report in May 2003, Joey stated that he was okay with the divorce and that they were both seeing other people anyway.

Joey charged with fraud
Joey charged with fraud
Joey appeared once again in the news after he was charged later that same year for being involved in an auto insurance scam. USA Today stated in their January 2004 article that he told undercover investigators how to file phony insurance claims for undamaged cars. He is expected to go on trial some time in 2004. If Joey is found guilty of the fraud charges brought against him, he could face up to six and a half years in prison.

After serving a seven-year sentence, Amy was finally released from jail and remained on parole until 2003. Since her release, she has worked a series of jobs, including that of a columnist for a biweekly newspaper named the New   Island Ear. In an attempt to get on with her life, Amy has changed her name, pursued an education and altered her appearance.

Amy Fisher
Amy Fisher
In 2003, Amy married the father of her toddler son, a man 24 years her senior named Lou. They continue to live in New York, where he has a business. Amy stated in one of her columns that she admitted to having screwed up, but she believes that she has paid her dues to society and continues to make a great effort at being a kinder person. Currently she has started her own business selling arts and crafts online. She is also working on a book concerning kids and violence, using her negative experiences to make a more positive difference in other people's lives.

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