‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic sentenced to 21 years in prison
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge resentenced “Tiger King” Joe Exotic to 21 years in prison today, rejecting pleas from the former zookeeper to free him from prison.
Joe Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — was convicted in a murder-for-hire case involving animal welfare activist Carole Baskin. Both were featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”
Maldonado-Passage was resentenced after a federal appeals court ruled last year than improper sentencing guidelines were used.
Prosecutors say Maldonado-Passage tried to hire two people — including an undercover FBI agent — to kill Baskin, who’d criticized his treatment of animals. But Maldonado-Passage’s attorneys said he wasn’t being serious. Baskin attended the sentencing in Oklahoma City.
Last month, attorneys said Maldonado-Passage was delaying prostate cancer treatment until after his resentencing.