Court orders shorter sentence for ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

The Associated Press - July 15, 2021 8:21 am

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court is ordering a shorter sentence for “Tiger King” Joe Exotic. Denver’s 10th Circuit appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the trial court wrongly calculated the advisory sentencing range for Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic.

The zookeeper known for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube was sentenced to 22 years behind bars after being convicted for violating federal wildlife laws and a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival. He tried to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

One of his lawyers says he plans to file motions revealing new evidence in the case.


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