'Tiger King' Joe Exotic's Sentence Vacated by Appeals Court

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07-17-2021

Tiger King's Joe Exotic's sentence has been vacated -- but he will remain behind bars as he awaits resentencing. "On appeal, he disputes his murder-for-hire convictions, arguing that the district court erred by allowing Baskin, a listed government witness, to attend the entire trial proceedings. He also disputes his sentence, arguing that the trial court erred by not grouping his two murder-for-hire convictions in calculating his advisory Guidelines range. In a statement after the court's ruling, Maldonado-Passage's attorney, Brandon Sample, said, "I am pleased with the appellate court’s decision in Joe’s case. It was snowflakes on the tip of the iceberg, largely manufactured by those who wanted to see Joe Exotic in jail for their own benefit.

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Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who is better known as Joe Exotic from Netflix's Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, is going to get a new prison sentence. In 2019, he was infamously convicted of attempting to hire two men to kill his rival Carole Baskin, then sentenced to 22 years behind bars. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled Wednesday to vacate the sentence on a technicality. Randy Zelin, head of the criminal justice department at New York-based law firm Wilk Auslander, explains that this case is much different. Joe Exotic stars in "Tiger King."