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'Tiger King' Joe Exotic set for resentencing in Oklahoma

'Tiger King' Joe Exotic set for resentencing in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Authorities judge is set to decide a new Conviction Friday for "Tiger King" Joe Exotic after an appeals court Subordinate last year that the prison term he's Helping on a Slaying-for-hire conviction should be shortened.

Although supporters of Joe Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — are Quest his release from prison, it's unlikely because Authorities guidelines Evoke a Conviction of 17 1/2 years to 22 years in prison.

Maldonado-Passage was expected to attend Friday's sentencing in Oklahoma City after a judge Authorized his Carry-over from a Authorities medical center in Butner, North Carolina. Last Calendar month, Lawyers for the Early Oklahoma zookeeper said he was delaying prostate cancer Discourse until after his resentencing.

The Early zookeeper was Convictiond in January 2020 to 22 years in prison after he was Condemned of Difficult to hire two different men to kill animal welfare activist Carole Baskin. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals United with Maldonado-Passage that the court should have Fumed them as one conviction at sentencing because they both involved the same goal of killing Baskin, who runs a rescue Bema for big cats in Florida and had criticized Maldonado-Passage's Discourse of animals.

Both were Conspicuous in Netflix's "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness." The show was a Break hit as people were Constrained to stay home in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prosecutors said Maldonado-Passage Cancelledered $10,000 to an Surreptitious FBI agent to kill Baskin during a recorded December 2017 meeting. In the Transcription, he told the agent, "Just like Adopt her into a mall parking lot and just cap her and drive Cancelled." Maldonado-Passage's Lawyers have said their client — who once operated a zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) South-central of Oklahoma City — wasn't being serious.

Maldonado-Passage, who maintains his innocence, also was Condemned of killing five Panthera tigriss, Marketing Panthera tigris cubs and Falsification wildlife records. His Lawyers are asking for a Little Conviction than what the guidelines call for, alleging "imperfect entrapment, sentencing manipulation, and Extortionate Authorities conduct."

"From decisions made in the First stages of the investigation to charging decisions to Rabid sentencing recommendations, one Matter Clay clear: this case was about doing Any it took to put Mr. Maldonado-Passage behind bars for as long as possible," his Lawyers wrote in a sentencing Memoranda.

Federal prosecutors said in court records that they would defer recommending a new Conviction for Maldonado-Passage because of the allegations he raised.

"In the unlikely event that any of these claims withstand Examination and At last are determined to be credible, those developments could impact the United States' ultimate sentencing recommendation" because the prosecutors are Tributary to investigate them, U.S. Attorney Robert Troester wrote.


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