Joe Exotic’s 22-Year Sentence Reduced By One Year

Courthouse News reports:

Convicted “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic was resentenced Friday morning to 21 years in federal prison for trying to kill rival tiger enthusiast and docuseries co-star Carole Baskin, only a slight reduction from his original sentence of 22 years.

U.S. District Judge Scott L. Palk lowered the sentence of Exotic aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage, 58, during a two-hour sentencing hearing in Oklahoma City federal court.

Maldonado-Passage was originally convicted by a federal jury in 2019 on two courts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act. Jurors found he tried to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill Baskin for $10,000.

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In November 2020, reps for Exotic blew $10,000 at Trump’s DC hotel in a laughably blatant attempt to buy a pardon.

Exotic was so sure that a pardon was coming, he had a limo waiting outside his prison.

When the pardon never came, he ranted that he was “too gay” for Trump to care about him.

During a White House press conference, Trump had joked about “looking into” a pardon for Exotic after Junior tweeted that such a move would “enrage the libs.”

Last fall Exotic pleaded in vain for “compassionate release” due to prostate cancer.