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Appeals court orders shorter sentence for ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as ‘Joe Exotic’.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as ‘Joe Exotic’.
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A US FEDERAL appeals court has ruled that “Tiger King” Joe Exotic should get a shorter prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws.

Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison after being convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver found that the trial court wrongly treated those two convictions separately in calculating his prison term under sentencing guidelines.

The blond mullet-wearing zookeeper, known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube, was prominently featured in the popular Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness.

The panel agreed with Maldonado-Passage that the court should have treated them as one conviction at sentencing because they both involved the same goal of killing Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida.

According to the ruling, the court should have sentenced Maldonado-Passage to somewhere between 17-and-a-half years and just under 22 years in prison, rather than between just under 22 years and 27 years in prison.

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The court ordered the trial court to re-sentence Maldonado-Passage.

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