Joe Exotic has gone to jail for more than one crime


Netflix’s documentary series, Tiger King: murder, chaos and madness, explores the life of the great cat breeder and zoo keeper, Joe Exotic. The true crime series follows bizarre events that led the 57-year-old to plan the murder plan that led to his imprisonment. But it was not the only crime he had been convicted of. Here is a list of the crimes that sent Joe Exotic to jail.

Joe Exotic: Tiger King
Joe Exotic | Netflix

Who is “Tiger King” Star Joe Exotic?

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, is a big cat lover who has raised and kept hundreds of exotic animals in his G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. His collection included tigers, lions, ligers, bears and monkeys.

At the zoo, Maldonado-Passage would raise large cats and allow visitors to pet and take pictures with baby tigers and lions. This part of the business was lucrative for Maldonado-Passage, but it caught the eye of big cat activist Carole Baskin.

Baskin openly criticized Maldonado-Passage for raising large cats, and claimed that his petting business endangered animals. Her activism led Maldonado-Passage to lose business, so he responded by humiliating and threatening her on her online TV show.

Their long-standing feud led Maldonado-Passage to try to hire a hitman to kill Baskin. But he was already under federal investigation and the hitman he tried to hire was an undercover federal agent. He was charged, tried and sentenced on 19 different counts and sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020.

He was convicted of two counts of murder on account

Carole Baskin in Tiger King
Carole Baskin | Netflix

Maldonado-Passage has been charged with trying to hire a hitman twice to kill Baskin. As documented in Tiger king, in November 2017, he gave Allen Glover $ 3,000 to travel from Oklahoma to Florida to assassinate Baskin. But Glover deflated, took the money, and disappeared.

Then, a month later, in December 2017, Maldonado-Passage approached an undercover federal agent posing as a hitman. He asked him to assassinate Baskin, but no money was exchanged. It was only when Glover testified that the federal government was able to prove the intentions and crimes of Maldonado-Passage.

Joe Exotic aka “The Tiger King” has been charged with eight counts of file forgery

What happened to the 'Tiger King' tigers
Tigers rescued from G.W. Zoo | Helen H. Richardson / MediaNews Group / The Denver Post

During his trial, prosecutors revealed evidence that Maldonado-Passage had violated the Lacey Act eight times by falsifying the records of its wildlife transactions.

According to the United States Department of Justice, “Maldonado-Passage indicated on delivery forms and veterinary inspection certificates that tigers, lions and a baby lemur were given to the recipient or transported for display only, when he knew that ‘They were sold in interstate commerce. “

“Tiger King” star found guilty of nine counts of violating endangered species law

Tiger king
Joe Exotic | Netflix

As much as he claimed to be an animal lover, Maldonado-Passage ended up harming some of his animals. He was convicted of nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Law from 2016 to 2018.

According to the US Department of Justice, “the jury heard testimony that Maldonado-Passage had personally killed and killed five tigers in October 2017, without a veterinarian being present and in violation of the law on endangered species of disappearance ”.

Joe Exotic was found guilty and convicted on 19 counts

Maldonado-Passage’s conviction reflected the 19 counts he was found guilty of. The court sentence included 108 months for each of the two counts of for-hire murder totaling 216 months; 12 months for each violation of the Endangered Species Act to occur simultaneously; and 48 months for violations of the Lacey Act to occur simultaneously.

In total, Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to a total of 22 years in prison, with three years of supervised release upon release.


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