TULSA, Okla. — A federal judge has resentenced Joseph Maldonado-Passage, known as Joe Exotic, to 21 years. The Tiger King was in an Oklahoma City court Friday hoping to have his 22 sentence reduced.
He was moved here from a federal medical center in North Carolina.
FOX23′s Janna Clark was in the courtroom for this resentencing, less than 24 hours after talking on the phone with the Tiger King from prison.
His attorney John Phillips told FOX23 Joe Exotic appeared at the hearing in person. Maldonado-Passage spent two years in prison before an appeals court overturned his case in July.
The Oklahoma zoo owner was convicted of wildlife offenses and for hiring someone to kill Carole Baskin, who runs a big cat sanctuary in Florida.
The saga between Maldonado-Passage and Baskin held the attention of many people who watched it unfold on Netflix’s series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” during the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.
Phillip’s collected affidavits signed by people like Jeff Lowe who have now changed their stories. Allen Glover, who at first claimed he was supposed to be the hitman, has now admitted on camera to Joe’s attorneys that he lied on the stand.
Joe has been sending letters to FOX23 Investigative Reporter Janna Clark from prison repeatedly telling her he’s innocent.
In one letter, Joe wrote: “I’ve done nothing wrong. You will finally see” I was “telling the truth this whole time.” He always signs his letters “Joe Exotic.”
Today’s resentencing follows typical guidelines for the charges which suggest a 17 1/2-year to 22-year prison sentence. Joe Exotic’s attorney says they will file a motion for a new trial.
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