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Amy Fisher, Long Island Lolita, Is Going Home

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They could't have written a better happy ending. When the trio of TV movies based on the tawdry tale of Amy Fisher, a.k.a. the Long Island Lolita, were aired in the early '90s, the final scenes were of the naughty nymphette being hauled off to an upstate prison. Now, after nearly seven years behind bars for having shot her loverĺs wife in the face, those TV movies and tons of tabloid print exploring every salacious detail of the affair, Fisher was granted parole on Thursday after yet another soap-opera twist. The parole decision came two weeks after a teary court hearing during which the victim, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the bullet still lodged in her neck, appeared before a judge to make up and to plead on Fisherĺs behalf. "What another bizarre chapter," says senior writer Adam Cohen, who often covers the law for TIME. "How unusual for someone shot in the head to come in and vouch for the person who did it."

The situation now seems ripe for a new round of dog-and-pony talk-show appearances and a tearjerker movie sequel. Not likely, says Maria Eftimiades, People magazine New York bureau chief and author of the book "Lethal Lolita." "There will be all sorts of offers," she says, "but these seven years in prison have been a sobering experience for her, and she is likely to keep a low profile." As for Mary Jo Buttafuoco, says Eftimiades, her forgiveness is genuine: The woman reached a point in her life where she wanted to move on. Hard to believe this could actually be The End -- don't we still need to hear from Joey Buttafuoco?