Joe Exotic formally requests pardon, maintains innocence

first_imgJoseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” is a former Oklahoma zookeeper who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws.Maldonado-Passage was convicted in 2019 for trying to arrange the killing of a Florida animal sanctuary founder, Carole Baskin. Baskin was not harmed. He was also convicted of killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records.According to reports, Maldonado-Passage has formally requested a pardon.His attorneys filed his application Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice saying Joe maintains his innocence and that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others.‘Joe Exotic’ gained popularity after he was  featured in the popular Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”Maldonado-Passage is currently housed at the Federal Medical Center, a 1,500-inmate facility in Forth Worth, Texas, prison records show.last_img

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