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Joe Exotic: ‘Tiger King’ moved to federal medical facility after cancer diagnosis


Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic

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.

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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.

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