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Long Island Lothario Joey Buttafuoco Back in Jail

September 15, 1995

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ Joey Buttafuoco is back behind bars, a prisoner of lust.

The Long Island Lothario was sent back to jail Friday for at least 67 days for violating probation by propositioning a Los Angeles vice cop posing as a hooker.

Gone were the swagger and the snakeskin boots of the auto-body repairman who became a celebrity after his 16-year-old lover, Amy Fisher, shot his wife in the head in 1992.

``Some people consider you a celebrity. I don’t,″ Judge Jack Mackston told Buttafuoco.

``I’m very, very sorry,″ Buttafuoco said in an uncharacteristically soft voice. ``I’m begging you, don’t send me back to jail. I will never be before you again, I promise you.″

Mackston imposed a 10-month sentence. With time already served and time off for good behavior, Buttafuoco could be out Nov. 21. He was led away in handcuffs.

Two years ago, Buttafuoco, 39, drew four months in jail and five years’ probation for having sex with an underage Fisher, explaining at the time: ``Sometimes lust takes me over. It’s very painful.″

Then, on May 24, he was arrested in Hollywood and accused of soliciting sex from a policewoman. Buttafuoco, who was in Los Angeles to discuss a TV pilot, pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay $1,715 and take an AIDS class.

Buttafuoco’s lawyer, Dominic Barbara, told Mackston on Friday that his client was overcome by the publicity surrounding the Amy Fisher case.

``He is no longer the swaggering celebrity he thought he was,″ Barbara said. ``He doesn’t think he is a star anymore. He just wants to go home with his wife and kids.″

Prosecutor Fred Klein asked the judge not to cut Buttafuoco any more slack.

``He voluntarily committed another crime while on probation,″ Klein said. ``He really spit in your face.″

Fisher is serving a five-to-15-year sentence for wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco.

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