New sentencing hearing announced for Joe Exotic, lawyer fights for new trial

The Tiger King will be sentenced a second time this month.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, will be sentenced on Jan. 28. Maldonado-Passage was convicted of wildlife offenses and hiring someone to kill rival Carole Baskin. Maldonado-Passage was sentenced in Jan. 2020, given 22 years in prison.

Maldonado-Passage’s attorney John Phillips says the appellate court ruled that Joe should get a new sentencing hearing. Phillips said within days of the hearing, he plans to file a motion for a new trial.

Phillips wants to show new evidence that he says has been discovered, including recanted testimony. Phillips also asked the court to unseal affidavits from Alan Glover. Glover first claimed that he was the alleged hitman hired to kill Baskin. Now, Glover admitted on camera to Maldonado-Passage’s attorney that he lied on the stand.

Jeff Lowe, who worked with federal agents to put Maldonado-Passage behind bars, signed an affidavit that says, “Alan Glover did not tell me he left the park to go ‘take out’ Baskin. The conversation between myself and Alan Glover regarding the murder for hire of Carole Baskin includes text messages that were created by me and staged. I knew I was being recorded and statements made by me regarding Alan Glover being paid $3,000 to go to Tampa to kill Carole Baskin were not true. Alan Glover never went to Florida.”

Maldonado-Passage is currently under treatment for prostate cancer. He was moved from Fort Worth to a prison in North Carolina last year because it has a better facility for his treatment.