Joe Exotic aka the ‘Tiger King’ made a lasting impression on viewers of the titular Netflix show, but after the docuseries aired he was only able to make an impression behind bars. So what really happened?
King tiger 2 arrives November 17 on Netflix, and fans are once again thinking of the stars of the first docuseries. After the original King tiger captivated audiences when it started broadcasting on March 20, 2020, with many wondering about its main driver, the eponymous “Tiger King”, Exotic Joe.
The former owner of the GW Zoo in Oklahoma wowed viewers with his wild looks and even wilder career choice – maintaining a big cat zoo for paying customers. The series would have brought 34 million viewers in just 10 days, labeled as one of Netflix’s most successful series of all time.
After the show aired, the 58-year-old was revealed to be behind bars, causing fans to question the details of his sentence. So why exactly is Joe Exotic in jail?
Why was Joe Exotic arrested?
Joe, whose full legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was arrested on September 7, 2018 for conspiring to murder his nemesis, Carole baskin, 58, owner of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, after a decades-long feud. The two were at odds due to Carole’s active criticism of the animal park and Joe’s cat-sitting practices and she had also secured a million dollar settlement against him for trademark infringement action in 2011.
Joe was also arrested for illegally killing endangered tigers in his park to make room for other exotic animals. Erik Cowie, Joe’s chief zoo keeper of the attraction, claimed that Joe shot hundreds of tigers during his tenure as owner. “They euthanized them and got a vet to sign with an apology like, they were too old, sick, etc.” he said to Daily mail.
“Most of the time, a vet wasn’t even around when things like this happened,” Erik added, “but he wrote it down on a journal, so that it could be covered in case the inspectors of the government would like to check its books. “
What’s his sentence?
A federal jury found Joe guilty of two counts of hiring someone to murder Carole in Florida, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for tampering and tampering with wildlife records, nine counts of ‘Endangered Species Act violation charge by killing five tigers and selling others across the state lines.
The infamous Netflix star was originally sentenced to 22 years on January 22, 2020 and was incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth. Joe was then convicted again in July 2021
Is there a possibility of release?
In April 2020, after the show made a big impression on the world, Joe and his jail term were a topic of conversation during a White House press briefing on COVID-19. A few days later, the president Donald trumpthe son of, Donald Trump Jr., joked that Joe would get an eventual pardon, though this forward-looking action never came to fruition.
In May 2020, a group of volunteers called the “Tiger Team” along with a lawyer and private investigator handed over a 257-page document to the US Department of Justice challenging elements of his conviction and asking President Trump to pardon him, although he was not pardoned. and remained in prison.
In March 2021, it was reported that Joe was intend to ask for a pardon from now-president Joe biden, but that attempt also went nowhere, prompting the former zoo owner to seek a new portrayal in John Michael Phillips and Amy Hanna. The new lawyers plan to file a request for a new trial in federal court in Oklahoma.
Reference from hollywoodlife