“King of the Tigers” star Joe Exotic will face criminal charges in a rented murder case in Oklahoma City federal court on Jan. 28.
U.S. District Judge Scott Palk set the verdict at 10 a.m. Monday and granted the defendant’s request to be taken to Oklahoma City for a court hearing.
In July, a federal appeals court ruled to dismiss Joe Exotic, whose real name was Joseph Maldonado-Passage. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Acesparks found that the trial court heard two separate murder charges separately in calculating his prison term.
Initially, Judge Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for hiring assassins to kill Carol Baskin and for his animal-related crimes.
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However, the appellate court said the court should count his sentence as a counseling sentence between 17 and a half years and 22 years in prison, rather than 22 to 27 years. The appellate court concluded that the judge erred in imposing a sentence “without grouping” the two hired murders as part of a “common criminal purpose”.
Because of the appellate decision, Joe Exotic will be dissatisfied with the revised guidelines, which could result in up to 17 years and six months in prison if they are followed.
However, the judge does not have to follow the instructions and may impose the same penalty.
The “King of the Tigers” star has also been accused of killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying information about wildlife.
Last month, attorneys at a former zoo in Oklahoma said he delayed treating the cancer until it was his fault. Joe Exotic announced he had prostate cancer in November and he was transferred from federal medical center in Fort Worth, Texas to federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina.
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He thanked his supporters in a tearful phone call posted on Instagram on the eve of Christmas by his lawyer, John M. Phillips. “I am innocent,” he said. “I’m still rotting here.”
Joe Exotic Netflix became world famous in March 2020 after the release of the pandemic film “The Tiger King: Murder, MAcesparksess and MAcesparksess.”
The documentary series tells the story of his life, a rented murder case, and the now-closed zoo in Winnwood. The sequel to the film came out in November.
He was indicted in 2019 by a jury.
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