Former zookeeper Joseph Allen Maldonado, aka Joe Exotic, was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020. His crimes involved multiple animal abuse charges and even murder for hire as part of the conspiracy to kill Carole Baskin. Carole Baskin is the founder of Big Cat Rescue.
According to AP, Joe Exotic was re-sentenced in January 2022. A federal judge reduced his prison sentence to 21 years in prison, one year less than his original sentence. The culprit asked for leniency, but the judge reduced his sentence by only one year.
He tearfully told a judge:
“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be free.”
This means that he was going to be released in 2042. However, due to his new conviction, he will be released in 2041.
Is there a documentary about the life of Joe Exotic?
In 2020, Netflix created a streaming true crime documentary television series called Tiger King. It ran for three seasons and featured the life of former zookeeper, Joe Exotic.
According to the official Netflix YouTube channel, the synopsis for the true-crime streaming TV documentary reads:
“Among the eccentrics and cult figures in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe Exotic, a gun-toting, mule-bound polygamist and country western singer who presides over a roadside zoo in Oklahoma. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an incredible cast of characters, including drug lords, con artists and cult leaders, all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries attract.
He keeps on,
“But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that ultimately leads to Joe’s arrest for a conspiracy to murder-for-hire, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.
It was directed by Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin.