Joe Exotic is serving a 22-year prison sentence for a murder-to-hire plan. Earlier this year Donald Trump’s oldest son, Don Jr. had publicly stated that he thought his father should pardon Exotic. The Tiger King took Trump Jr’s comments to heart.
Exotic even penned a letter to Donald Trump asking him to consider pardoning him.
A representative for the former Oklahoma zookeeper, Eric Love, says that his client whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, said Exotic’s lawyers have reached out to the White House about a pardon.
Love stated that Exotic is so certain that Trump will pardon him before he leaves the White House that he has already made plans for a stretch Dodge Ram limousine to take Exotic home from prison.
Exotic, became a household name after Netflix did a documentary called “Tiger King” Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” Exotic was sentenced to 22-years in prison back in January for a 2017 murder for hire plot of his archrival Carole Baskins. Exotic was also charged with wildlife law violations related to the deaths of five tigers as well as breaching the Endangered Species Act.
Authorities state that back in December 2017, Exotic tried to bribe an FBI agent to murder Baskin. He was captured on the recording saying “Just like follow her into a mall parking lot and just cap her and drive off.”
Back in September, Exotic gave authorities a 257-page request to the U.S. Department of Justice for his pardon from Trump.
‘Joseph is scheduled to be released from (Bureau of Prisons) custody in 2037; however, with his comprised health, he will likely die in prison,’ his lawyers wrote in court docs. ‘He humbly requests a pardon to correct the injustices he has experienced and to have the opportunity to return to providing meaningful contributions to his community.’
Exotic also provided with his letter to Trump affidavits about his character.
Currently, Exotic is in custody in Ft. Worth, Texas’ Federal Medical Center with 1500 inmates.
Trump is expected to leave office on January 29 after president-elect Joe Biden takes the oath of office and becomes the 46th president of the United States.
The Netflix documentary has made Carole Baskins a celebrity. Baskin runs the Big Cat Rescue a nonprofit sanctuary located in Tampa, Florida.
Since the documentary Baskin has appeared on the reality television show “Dancing with the Stars.”