Joe Exotic Resentenced to 21 Years in Prison for Carole Baskin Murder Plot

Sounds like his good friend Trump wasn't able to pull any strings

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 28, 2022

While Tiger King 2 proved that our collective obsession with the original Netflix docuseries really was just a passing phase, the zany cast of real-life characters must continue to deal with the consequences of their actions.

A federal judge has resentenced Tiger King's infamous "gay, gun-toting redneck" Joe Exotic to 21 years in prison, removing just one year from his initial 22-year sentence for participating in a murder-for-hire plot against rival big cat buff Carole Baskin.

The prosecution rests that Exotic attempted to hire two men to kill Baskin — one of whom happened to be an undercover FBI agent. The zookeeper reportedly offered  the agent $10,000 USD to kill Baskin during a meeting recorded on December 27, where the recording captures Exotic suggesting that the hitman just "follow her into a mall parking lot and just cap her and drive off."

As first reported by AP, Baskin testified prior to the resentencing, saying: "[Exotic] continues to harbour intense feelings of ill will toward me." Which is probably putting it lightly.

She reportedly added that she has continued to receive "vile, abusive and threatening communications" over the last two years; even while Exotic has been in prison. Baskin claims that he poses even more of a threat to her now that the Netflix series that defined an early era of the pandemic has garnered him a slew of vocal supporters.

Last July, a panel of three judges ruled that Exotic's original January 2020 trial court treated the murder-for-hire counts as separate rather than as part of one single plot. Denver's 10th US Circuit of Appeals did not overturn Exotic's conviction of two counts for hiring hitmen to murder Baskin, however.

His aforementioned 22-year prison sentence came as part of a catalogue of charges — including wildlife crimes — and he's been serving his time in Fort Worth, TX.

Though Baskin sued the streaming giant over her appearance in Tiger King 2 after she refused to participate in the sequel, she did acknowledge there was a silver lining in the last November's new episodes: Homeland Security found her ex-husband in Costa Rica, where he's reportedly "alive and well" and otherwise un-murdered.

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