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.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka “Tiger King” Joe Exotic, was re-sentenced to 21 years in prison today, one year less than his original sentence, on a murder-for-hire charge against rival zoo-owner Carole Baskin.
Here, his attorneys say they will appeal the ruling: pic.twitter.com/zV1s3sYfib
— The Recount (@therecount) January 28, 2022
BREAKING: A federal judge resentenced “Tiger King” Joe Exotic to 21 years in prison, rejecting pleas from the former zookeeper to free him from prison. Joe Exotic was convicted in a murder-for-hire case involving animal welfare activist Carole Baskin. https://t.co/aEOQsXZW4C
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 28, 2022