‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Gets Date for Resentencing Hearing

by Samantha Whidden

Oklahoma federal judge announced on Monday (January 3rd) that Tiger King star Joe Exotic will officially have a new resentencing hearing on January 28th.   

According to the Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Judge, Scott Palk, stated the resentencing will take place on the 28th at 10 a.m. He also granted the Tiger King star’s recent to be transported to Oklahoma City for the hearing. The resentencing comes less than six months after a federal appeals court ruled that Exotic should get a shorter sentence. 

In January 2020, Joe Exotic, who is actually named Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was originally sentenced to 22 years in prison. The Tiger King star had 17 federal charges of animal abuse. He also has two counts of attempted murder for hire in the plot to kill his rival, Carole Baskin. 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver have also determined that the original trial court wrongly treated two murder-for-hire convictions separately in calculating Exotic’s prison term. The court should have calculated the Tiger King famer’s advisory sentencing range between 17 and a half years and just under 22 years in prison. Instead of between just under 22 years and 27 years. 

‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Delays Cancer Treatment in Order to Attend Resentencing Hearing 

Last month, Fox News announced that Tiger King star Joe Exotic is delaying prostate cancer treatments until his resentencing hearing. The former zookeeper went from a medical center in Fort Worth, Texas to a medical center in Butner, North Carolina. This was in order to treat his condition. 

Federal officials report that the Tiger King famer will need up to eight weeks of radiation treatments. He also would not be able to travel during those treatments. Court documents revealed, “Postponing traditional treatment until after resentencing would not be detrimental to his health as if it unlikely to affect his prognosis or outcome.”

The documents note given the declination of radiation and the ability to postpone it pursuant to his doctors, the Tiger King star does not want his resentencing hearing postponed any longer. “Additionally, if Mr. Maldonado is out of prison within the next 6-18 months, more advanced options are available to him.” 

Earlier this summer, the Tiger King himself spoke about his health battles. He even said he would refuse medical treatment if his cancer progresses to stages three or four. “I have been waiting for a colonoscopy and endoscopy since October [2020],” he explained at the time. Exotic also said the medical treatment in prison is worse than any humane society for dogs. 

Exotic went on to add that the doctors are concerned about his stomach and pelvis. “I have not had any treatment or anything since May. I puke when I pee. The pain is that bad.”