Tiger King’s Joe Exotic loses appeal and receives new 21-year prison sentence
Due to a procedural defect, a federal court then ordered a reduced sentence. During a hearing in Oklahoma City to determine his new sentence, the 58-year-old impresario asked for a “second chance”, local media reported on Friday.
“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for my freedom,” pleaded Exotic, who suffers from prostate cancer.
Baskin had urged the judge to leave him behind bars, saying she still feared for his life.
The judge ultimately upheld a 21-year sentence, according to court documents.
The journey of the flamboyant zookeeper, who made a small fortune from his Oklahoma big cat facility that opened in 1999 before losing everything in a series of convoluted schemes, fascinated millions of Americans isolated at home when the Netflix series was launched for the first time. of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.
The series focused on Exotic’s conflict with Baskin, an animal rights activist who accused him of mistreating his animals and vowed to force him to shut down his zoo.
Exotic ended up offering two henchmen thousands of dollars to kill Baskin, but one of them was an undercover FBI agent trying to frame him.
A new series, “Tiger King 2”, was released in November on the streaming platform and also attracted a large number of viewers.