Tiger King
Tiger king

Despite the former zookeeper’s pleadings for leniency as he begins treatment for early-stage cancer, a federal court resentenced “Tiger King” Joe Exotic aka Joseph Allen Schreibvogel aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage to 21 years in prison on Friday, cutting his sentence by only a year.

“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be free,” he begged a federal court as he was resentenced on a charge of murder-for-hire.

In a case involving animal protection campaigner Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic — whose true name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — was found guilty. “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” on Netflix included both of them.

According to Carole Baskin’s complaint, she did not consent to appear in the ‘Tiger King’ sequel.


According to Carole Baskin’s complaint, she did not consent to appear in the ‘Tiger King’ sequel.

Maldonado-Passage, 58, was dressed in an orange prison uniform and still had his distinctive mullet hairdo, but the bleach-blonde had faded to brown and gray.

Baskin and her husband, Howard Baskin, were also in attendance, and she expressed concern that Maldonado-Passage may attack her.Joe Exotic

“He continues to harbor intense feelings of ill will toward me,” she told the judge.

Despite Maldonado-imprisonment, Passage’s Baskin claims she has received “vile, hateful, and threatening letters” throughout the previous two years. She informed the judge that she feels Maldonado-Passage is a more serious threat to her now that the Netflix series has gained notoriety and he has a greater following.

Maldonado-lawyers Passage’s informed the judge that their client has stage-one prostate cancer and a disorder that has weakened his immune system, rendering him more sensitive to COVID-19.

Prostate cancer that is at stage one has been diagnosed early and has not spread. Maldonado-Passage earlier stated that he intended to wait until after his resentencing to get therapy. Maldonado-Passage will require up to eight weeks of radiation therapy, according to federal officials, and will be unable to travel during this time.

His lawyer, Amy Hanna, told the judge that he isn’t getting sufficient medical treatment in federal prison and that a long jail term would be a “death sentence for Joe that he doesn’t deserve.”

Carole Baskin
Carole baskin

Tiger King Park in Oklahoma was raided by the feds, who seized 68 lions, tigers, and other big cats.


Tiger King Park in Oklahoma was raided by the feds, who seized 68 lions, tigers, and other big cats.

Prosecutors also informed the judge on Friday that Maldonado-Passage got a disciplinary warning in September for having a contraband smartphone and unlicensed headphones, which was not included in his pre-sentencing report. Palk added that Maldonado-Passage had four previous disciplinary write-ups, although he described those as “relatively minor and not violent.”

The court hearings on Friday come after a federal appeals court declared last year that his jail sentence for a murder-for-hire conviction should be reduced.

The courtroom was crowded with supporters, some of whom wore animal-print masks and shirts that proclaimed “Free Joe Exotic.” His lawyers stated that they will appeal the resentencing and seek a fresh trial.

“The defense submitted a series of attachments that showed excessive government involvement in the creation of the offense for which he’s been convicted,” attorney Molly Parmer told reporters after the hearing.

“We will continue our post-conviction action,” he said, “but we did provide the court a glimpse of the facts we have gathered via our post-conviction inquiry.”

After being convicted of attempting to pay two separate persons to assassinate Baskin, the former zookeeper was sentenced to 22 years in jail in January 2020. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Maldonado-Passage that the court should have treated the two convictions as one at sentencing because they both had the same goal of killing Baskin, who runs a big cat rescue sanctuary in Florida and had criticized Maldonado-treatment Passage’s of animals.

During a recorded December 2017 encounter, Maldonado-Passage allegedly offered $10,000 to an undercover FBI agent to assassinate Baskin, according to prosecutors. In the recording, he told the agent, “Just like follow her into a mall parking lot and just cap her and drive off.” Attorneys for Maldonado-Passage have claimed that their client, who formerly ran a zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City, wasn’t being serious.

Maldonado-Passage was also found guilty of murdering five tigers, selling tiger pups, and falsifying wildlife records. He maintains his innocence.

Source: NPR