Judgment for ‘Tiger King’ Joe Strange in murder-for-hire plot – NBC10 Philadelphia


A federal judge in Oklahoma on Monday set a January 28 date for sentencing “Tiger King” Joe Exotic.

U.S. District Judge Scott Palk set the sentence at 10 a.m. and granted the defendant’s request to be transported to Oklahoma City for a hearing.

A federal appeals court in July ruled that Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, should receive a shorter sentence. The United States Court of Appeals for 10th Street in Denver determined that the trial court misjudged two counts of separate hire murder when calculating his prison term.

Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020. But the appeals court said the court should have calculated his counseling sentence from 17 and a half to less than 22 years in prison, rather than just below. 22 years to 27 years in prison.

Maldonado-Passage, who maintained his innocence, was also convicted of killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records.

Last month, an attorney for the former Oklahoma Zoo employee said he is delaying cancer treatment until after his sentencing. In November, Maldonado-Passage announced that he had prostate cancer and that he had been transferred from a federal medical center in Fort Worth, Texas, to a federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina.

In a separate act, a married couple that succeeded Maldonado-Passage in running the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park and the Tiger King Park have agreed to waive their rights to 97 species of animals belonging to the Endangered or threatened species and 47 other animals are regulated by the Animal Welfare Act.

Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe, who were once friends with Maldonado-Passage, also agreed in a December 23 consent decree filed in federal court in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to never exhibit animals anymore.

Federal agents seized 97 endangered animals, including 68 big cats and a jaguar, from Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma, in two seizures in May and May. 8 years ago. Federal officials accused Lowes of harming and harassing animals.

Directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin will release their new documentary series on Netflix later this year.

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