Joe Exotic may not spend the next two decades in prison. The Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness star, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was arrested in 2018 for his alleged role in a contract murder against his longtime nemesis Carole Baskin. He was found guilty and later sentenced to 22 years in prison, and his subsequent pleas for a presidential pardon went unanswered.
although Joe Exotic never got that pardon, he got some good news that could eventually lead to less time in jail. On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver did not withdraw its conviction, as Exotic’s legal team had hoped. However, the panel of three judges ruled that the original court erroneously treated his two murder charges as separate rather than one crime.
Ultimately, the judges ruled to “confirm his conviction, but lift the sentence and remand him to pre-trial detention.” In other words, Exotic’s conviction still stands, but the judges agreed with Joe Exotic’s attorneys that he should have been convicted on only one hit-man count instead of the two charges he had been charged. This could potentially lead to a lesser sentence, so while he’s not out of the woods yet, he may not have to spend the next 20 years behind bars.
While he waits for his grudge, Exotic spends the time looking for a new husband. From behind bars, he recently hosted a competition called “The Bachelor King” in which men are asked to fill out an application to be considered his next romantic partner. Joe says the top three picks get a 3 night, 4 day romantic getaway with the tiger king star.
“I’ve been through hell in three years and I plan to make my new life something I’ve always dreamed of and I want to spend it with someone who can take a relationship seriously and be in love and take this ride can enjoy, and make this over us as a team, not just me or the guy I want to move forward with. I want to share this with someone who is awesome,” said Exotic.
A press release from Joe Exotic’s criminal defense attorney also states that his legal team is confident that “with all the new evidence obtained showing conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury by federal agents and witnesses, in addition to wrongdoing by the prosecution and the federal judge is an old friend of one of the key witnesses in Joe’s case that he will be released by the end of the year, if not sooner.”
Joe Exotic became a household name pretty much overnight when Netflix debuted the tiger king documentary series from last year. His story has since inspired a script series in development at Peacock featuring SNL‘s Kate McKinnon starring Carole Baskin with John Cameron Mitchell as Exotic. a planned Joe Exotic series was in development at Amazon Prime Video, although it has just been reported that Amazon has opted not to proceed with the project.
The Bachelor King competition began on July 4 and will run until September 25, 2021. Winners will be announced on October 6, 2021. For more information or to complete an application, visit the official website at JoeExoticUSA.com. The news of Joe Exotic’s resentment comes to us from Deadline.
Topics: Tiger King