‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Moved to North Carolina Facility

BUTNER, NC (AP) – Former Oklahoma zookeeper known as “Tiger King” Joe Exotic, a prominent figure in a Netflix…

BUTNER, NC (AP) – Former Oklahoma zookeeper known as “Tiger King” Joe Exotic, a prominent figure on a Netflix documentary series, has been transferred to a North Carolina medical facility for federal inmates after a cancer diagnosis, according to his attorney.

Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was flown on a plane late Tuesday or early Wednesday to be transferred from a federal medical center in Forth Worth, Texas, to a federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina. John Phillips said in a statement. Phillips, who tweeted his statement on Saturday, said the transfer was originally scheduled to be transferred later this month

Phillips said Maldonado-Passage told him he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was receiving medical treatment and tests “for a host of problems.” Phillips said the medical care in the prison is “not the best and the justice system is slow”.

“It’s a contest of life and freedom that nobody wants to have any of,” he added.

In July, a federal appeals court ruled that Maldonado-Passage should receive a shorter prison sentence for his role in an assassination plot and violating federal natural laws.

He was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020 after being convicted of hiring two different men to kill Florida animal rights activist Carole Baskin. A panel of three judges from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that the court erred in treating those two convictions separately when calculating his jail term according to sentencing guidelines.

The appeals court panel said his advisory sentence should be between 17 1/2 years and just under 22 years rather than between just under 22 and 27 years in prison, as the court calculated.

Maldonado-Passage and his blonde mullet were featured in the Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”

Meanwhile, Baskin, of Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue shelter, lost a bid to stop Netflix and a production company from using previously recorded video of her and her husband in the “Tiger King” sequel.

A federal magistrate issued a recommendation Friday rejecting the Baskins’ attempt to block the use of the images as an impermissible prior restriction under the First Amendment.

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