His workforce was so assured in a pardon that they’d readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe workforce to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star.
OKLAHOMA CITY — One identify lacking in President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons is “Tiger King” Joe Unique.
His workforce was so assured in a pardon that they’d readied a celebratory limousine and a hair and wardrobe workforce to whisk away the zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star, who’s now serving a 22-year federal jail sentence in Texas. However he wasn’t on the record introduced Wednesday morning.
Joe Unique, whose actual identify is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal jail for violating federal wildlife legal guidelines and for his function in a failed murder-for-hire plot focusing on his chief rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for large cats in Florida. Baskin was not harmed.
Maldonado-Passage, who has maintained his innocence, was additionally sentenced for killing 5 tigers, promoting tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife information. A jury convicted him in April 2019.
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In his pardon software filed in September, Maldonado-Passage’s attorneys argued that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. Maldonado-Passage, 57, is scheduled to be launched from custody in 2037, however his attorneys mentioned within the software that “he’ll seemingly die in jail” due to well being issues.
Maldonado-Passage’s authorized workforce didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark early Wednesday.
The blond mullet-wearing zookeeper, recognized for his expletive-laden rants on YouTube and a failed 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial marketing campaign, was prominently featured within the common Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity.”