Regardless of a robust effort, “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic didn’t get a pardon from President Trump. He’ll keep in jail and end serving his 22-year sentence.
The authorized group of “Tiger King” star “Joe Exotic” says it believes President Donald Trump will pardon him as early as Tuesday.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, 57, was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in jail for a murder-for-hire plot and violating wildlife legal guidelines.
The group of legal professionals who symbolize him filed an utility for pardon final September. In it, attorneys say he maintains his innocence and that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. The appliance additionally contains a number of character affidavits, letters of help, and varied trial paperwork.
The chief of Maldonado-Passage’s authorized group advised KOCO 5, a NewsChannel 8 sister station, that they’re extraordinarily assured approximately getting the pardon.
If a pardon is granted, they plan to go after these they imagine set Maldonado-Passage up.
Joe Exotic is at present being held on the Federal Medical Middle in Fort Value, Texas.
Officers provided proof within the type of recordings of Maldonado-Passage negotiating the hiring of an undercover FBI agent, who was posing as a hitman. When speaking approximately cost, Maldonado-Passage reportedly mentioned, “I’ll simply promote a bunch of tigers.”
The meant goal of the hit was Carole Baskin, a chief critic of Maldonado-Passage. Baskin efficiently sued Maldonado-Passage for trademark infringement in 2011, and was outspoken approximately the remedy of animals on the park.
The protection claimed their consumer was framed. They are saying he was all speak and had no intention of wanting Baskin useless.
The previous Larger Wynnewood Animal Park proprietor was discovered responsible on all counts in 2019.
Joe Exotic was in the end sentenced to a complete of twenty-two years in jail for the entire convictions. Officers say he was sentenced to 9 years in jail for every of the murder-for-hire convictions, and 4 years for the wildlife violations.