‘Tiger King’ resents Joe Exotic being jailed for 21 years

'Tiger King' Joe Exotic prepares for resentment in Oklahoma

Paris, 2022-01-28 01:55:00. ‘Tiger King’ resents Joe Exotic being jailed for 21 years

Oklahoma City – A US federal judge was upset with “Tiger King” Joe Exotic’s 21-year prison sentence Friday, reducing his sentence by just one year despite pleas from a former park ranger to ease up on treatment for early-stage cancer.

“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be set free,” he wepts to a federal judge who resented him for the pay-for-hire charge.

Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was convicted in a case involving animal welfare activist Carol Baskin. Both have been featured in “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” series on Netflix.

Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, Maldonado Passage, 58, still had a mullet hairstyle, but the bleached blonde faded to brown and gray.

Baskin and her husband, Howard Baskin, also attended the proceedings, and said she was afraid Maldonado Passage would threaten her.

“He continues to feel strong feelings of bad faith towards me,” she told the judge.

Baskin said that even with Maldonado Passage in prison, she has continued to receive “vile, abusive and frightening communications” over the past two years. She told the judge that she believes Maldonado Passage poses a more serious threat to her now that he has a larger group of supporters due to the popularity of the Netflix series.

Maldonado Passage’s lawyers told the judge that their client has stage 1 prostate cancer, along with an illness that threatens his immune system, making him especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Stage 1 prostate cancer means it’s caught early and hasn’t spread. Maldonado-Passage previously said he plans to delay treatment until after his displeasure. Federal officials said Maldonado-Passage will need up to eight weeks of radiotherapy and will not be able to travel during treatment.

His attorney, Amy Hanna, told the judge that he does not receive proper medical care within the federal prison system and that the lengthy prison sentence is “the death sentence for Joe, which he does not deserve.”

Prosecutors also told the judge on Friday that Maldonado Passage received a disciplinary report in September for possession of a prohibited cell phone and unauthorized headphones that were not included in the pre-sentencing report. Balck added that Maldonado Passage had four previous disciplinary writings, although he described them as “relatively minor and not violent”.

Friday’s trial proceedings came after a federal appeals court ruled last year to shorten the prison term he is serving for the felony murder.

Supporters crowded the courtroom, some wearing masks and T-shirts reading “Free Joe Exotic.” His lawyers said they would appeal the ruling and petition for a new trial.

“The defense provided a series of attachments that demonstrated the government’s excessive complicity in the commission of the crime for which he was convicted,” attorney Molly Parmer told reporters after the hearing.

“We will continue to litigate after conviction, but we have reviewed evidence for the court through our post-conviction investigation.”

The former park ranger was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in prison after being convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill Baskin. A panel of three judges from the Tenth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with Maldonado Passage that the court should have treated them as one conviction in the ruling because both had the same goal of killing Baskin, who runs a big cat rescue sanctuary in Florida and has criticized Maldonado Passage’s treatment of animals .

Prosecutors said Maldonado Passage offered US$10,000 to an undercover FBI agent to kill Baskin during a taped meeting in December 2017. On the recording, he told the agent, “Just like following her into the parking lot at the mall, just cover her and go.” Maldonado Passage’s lawyers said their client – who once ran a zoo in Wynwood, Oklahoma, about 105 kilometers south of Oklahoma City – wasn’t serious.

Maldonado Passage, who maintains his innocence, was also convicted of killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records.


Bleed newspaper reported from Little Rock, Arkansas.

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