Joe Exotic, the former exotic animal park operator and figure at the centre of a Netflix documentary series, has been unexpectedly transferred to another federal medical centre, according to a statement from his attorney.
The man known as the “Tiger King” – whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage – was transferred by plane from a facility in Fort Worth, Texas, to a federal medical centre in Butner, North Carolina, earlier this week, according to his attorney John Phillips. Mr Maldonado-Passage was expected to be transferred later this month, he said.
Earlier this month, he revealed a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Mr Phillips said his client has been undergoing medical treatment “for a host of issues”.
A federal appeals court ruling in July determined that Mr Maldonado-Passage should get a shorter prison sentence for his role in an alleged murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws.
In January 2020, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison following a conviction for trying to hire two men to kill a Florida animal rights activist, Carole Baskin.
An appeals court ruling determined that the trial had wrongly considered those two convictions separately in determining his sentence against sentencing guidelines.
The court has determined that he be given a new sentence.
The Butner medical facility houses more than 750 people with special health needs, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.