Joe Exotic, dubbed the “Tiger King,” has been transferred to a medical center in North Carolina.
According to his attorney, the former Oklahoma zookeeper known as “Tiger King” Joe Exotic, a prominent figure in a Netflix documentary series, has been transferred to a medical facility for federal inmates in North Carolina after a cancer diagnosis.
According to defense attorney John Phillips, Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was flown on a plane from a federal medical center in Fort Worth, Texas, to a federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina, late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Maldonado-Passage was supposed to be transferred later this month, according to Phillips, who made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday.
Phillips claimed Maldonado-Passage informed him that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and that he was receiving medical treatment and tests “for a variety of issues,” adding that prison medical care “isn’t the best” and that “justice is slow.”
“It’s a life-and-death competition that no one wants to be a part of,” he added.
A federal appeals court ruled in July that Maldonado-Passage should receive a reduced sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and for violating federal wildlife laws.
After being found guilty of attempting to hire two men to kill Florida animal rights activist Carole Baskin, he was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison in January 2020.
The trial court erred in treating those two convictions separately in calculating his prison term under sentencing guidelines, according to a three-judge panel of the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
His advisory sentencing range, according to the appeals court panel, should be between 17 12 years and just under 22 years in prison, rather than the trial court’s calculation of just under 22 years and 27 years in prison.
In the Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” Maldonado-Passage and his blond mullet were featured.
Meanwhile, Baskin, of Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary, was unsuccessful in her attempt to prevent Netflix and a production company from using previously recorded video of her and her husband in the “Tiger King” sequel, which premiered Nov.
On Friday, a federal magistrate judge recommended that the Baskins’ request to prevent the footage from being used as an impermissible prior restraint under the First Amendment be denied.
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