‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Denied Release, Resentenced to 21 Years

‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Denied Release, Resentenced to 21 Years
A federal judge in Oklahoma resentenced “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, to 21 years in prison on Friday, denying his appeal for an early release before he begins treatment for cancer.

“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be free,” he told the judge, who took only one year off his original sentence.

In January 2020, Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted of trying to hire two men to kill animal activist Carole Baskin. Both were featured in Netflix’s pandemic streaming hit “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”

According to AP News, the court was packed with supporters wearing animal-print masks and T-shirts that read “Free Joe Exotic.” His attorneys said they would appeal both the resentencing and petition for a new trial. Maldonado-Passage has continually maintained his innocence in the case.

Baskin and her husband were also in court,
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