A ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Denver Tenth Circuit on Wednesday did not overturn Exotic’s conviction in 2020 on two counts of hiring hitmen to murder Baskin, for which he was sentenced to 22 years in prison as part of a litany of charges that included crimes against wildlife.
But the three-judge panel ruled that the trial court had wrongly treated the counts of vicarious murder rather than one, after hearing arguments from Exotic’s lawyers.
The judges decided to “uphold his conviction but cancel the sentence and the remand for a new sentence”, which could eventually lead to a lesser sentence under the revised guidelines.
Exotic (according to court documents known as “Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joseph Allen Maldonado, aka Joseph Allen Schreibvogel, aka Joe Exotic) is a” gay, gun-armed, redneck in Oklahoma ” specializes in tiger shows at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, and even ran for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018, while arguing with Baskin, even accusing him of killing her husband who didn’t. never been found.
Exotic served his sentence in Fort Worth, Texas, and, along with his supporters, publicly lobbied then-President Donald Trump for a pardon he did not receive.
Several Hollywood projects have sprouted from King Tiger ‘s hits, including a limited Peacock series starring Kate McKinnon as Baskin and John Cameron Mitchell as Exotic. Even today, Amazon Prime Video has chosen not to continue with a scripted series starring Nicolas Cage.