A federal judge on Friday ignored a plea for leniency by Tiger King star Joe Exotic, resentencing him to 21 years in prison.
Exotic (real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage) was originally sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison after his conviction in a murder for hire plot involving animal rights activist Carole Baskin. Both were featured prominently in Netflix’s hit true-crime series that explored the strange world of big-cat breeding.
The former zookeeper asked for a reduced sentence as he began treatment for prostate cancer. He wound up with just a year off his original sentence.
“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be free,” Exotic tearfully told the federal judge. He still had his trademark mullet hairstyle, but the bleach-blonde has now faded to brown and gray.
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