Is Joe exotic in prison?
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. Associated PressCourt orders shorter sentence for 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic
Federal Appeals Court Rules Joe Exotic’s Prison Sentence Was Miscalculated. Here’s What It Means for His Prison Time.
14 July, 2021 - 11:12pm
Imprisoned star of the Netflix Tiger King docuseries Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, didn’t get the presidential pardon he was publicly pleading for before Donald Trump left office, but a federal appeals court in Colorado gave the former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate a legal victory on Wednesday, ruling that his prison sentence was incorrectly calculated by the trial court judge. The ruling could shave more than four years off of his sentence.
The 57-year-old Maldonado-Passage in 2019 was convicted for a slew of federal crimes, including nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, eight counts of falsifying wildlife records, and two counts for attempting to hire a hitman for $10,000 to murder his rival, animal activist Carole Baskin. He was ultimately sentenced to 22 years in prison, the lowest sentence with in the range prescribed by the federal sentencing guidelines.
Joe Exotic’s attorney appealed the sentence as excessive, arguing that the trial court should have grouped the two murder-for-hire charges together. Grouping the two counts together would have resulted in fewer months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.
“The district court found the counts should not be grouped because they involved different kinds of harm, different dates, and different proposed hitmen,” Sample said during oral arguments in January. “We believe the district court erred in reaching that determination.”
A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit agreed, reasoning that both counts involved the same victim and were connected by multiple acts involving the same criminal objective, which was murdering Baskin.
“Had the district court grouped the two counts, Maldonado-Passage’s total offense level would have been 37. But not grouping the two counts led to an additional two offense levels, for a total of 39,” Circuit Judge Gregory A. Phillips wrote, explaining how the federal guidelines informed the sentence. “This increased his advisory Guidelines range from 210 to 262 months to 262 to 327 months.”
The government had sought to keep the two murder-for-hire counts separate by arguing that Baskin was aware of the second plot in an attempt to establish that she “had experienced separate fear from each plot.” But the panel said that “nothing in the record supports such an assertion.”
“The court found separate courses of conduct on grounds that the two counts involved separate hitmen, separate murder plans, and separate timelines. Thus, the court focused on the means, not the ends, of Baskin’s planned murder, not whether the acts underlying the two counts were connected by a common criminal objective,” Phillips wrote. “Here, Baskin was neither murdered multiple times nor assaulted multiple times during attempted murders. Her harm was one sustained, ongoing harm. She learned that Maldonado-Passage intended to have her killed and lived with that fear.”
The panel affirmed Maldonado-Passage’s conviction but vacated the sentence, remanding the case back to the district court for resentencing.
14 July, 2021 - 09:28am
The Tiger King is back on the market and he’s ready to find love again. Joe Exotic’s soon-to-be ex-husband Dillon Passage announced the couple’s divorce in May and now the King himself is on the prowl.
Less than a week after Passage posted a photo with his new boyfriend, Exotic announced the upcoming competition for his heart.
If you’re willing to wait for him to get out, now is your chance to steal his heart. Exotic is seeking applications to be his next husband.
Some of the wild questions on the application include:
Included in the website’s application information/press release is a statement from Exotic’s legal team that explains why they believe he will be out of jail by the end of the year.
If you’re willing to believe his legal team and fill out an application, you aren’t just selected to marry Exotic. The top three applicants will win a 4-day, 3-night, all-inclusive getaway with Joe once he’s released from prison— whenever that ends up being.
Exotic is ready and shared his intentions on the site:
“I have been through hell in three years and I intend on making my new life something I have always dreamed of and I want to spend it with someone that can take a relationship serious and be in love and enjoy this ride, and make this about us as a team, not just me or the man I choose to carry on with.
Applications are open now through September 25th. Winners will be announced on October 6th. Exotic will be released on…. well, we don’t know.