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Tiger King Zookeeper Found Dead in NYC

Erik Cowie was 53

(Newser) - A zookeeper who appeared in Tiger King—and later testified against Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic—was found dead in a New York City apartment Friday, officials say. Sources tell TMZ that 53-year-old Erik Cowie was found unresponsive in the residence's bedroom and while no drugs were found at...

Joe Exotic's 22-Year Sentence Overturned

Appeals court says two murder-for-hire convictions should have been grouped together

(Newser) - A court victory for Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic: His 22-year prison sentence was overturned by a federal appeals court Wednesday, though his convictions were upheld and he will be resentenced at a later date, Insider reports. The former Oklahoma zoo owner, made famous by Netflix's Tiger ...

Someone Is Very Upset He Didn't Get Last-Minute Pardon

Joe Exotic tweets: 'I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump'

(Newser) - Joe Exotic of Tiger King fame had "the biggest Dodge truck limo in Texas" waiting for him outside the prison where he is serving a 22-year sentence Tuesday—but the pardon from former President Trump he was hoping for never arrived. The inmate, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, slammed Trump...

'Biggest Dodge Truck Limo in Texas' Waiting for Joe Exotic

His legal team is confident he'll be on President Trump's pardon list

(Newser) - The presidential pardon watch continues, with President Trump expected to issue roughly 100 pardons and commutations on his last full day in office. Joe Exotic's legal team feels confident he'll be on the pardon list. How confident? The head of his legal team, Eric Love, tells KOCO 5...

Joe Exotic: Send My Pardon Request to Trump

'Tiger King' stars after Justice Department requests his application

(Newser) - Joe Exotic really wants out of prison. The Tiger King star applied to the US Justice Department for a pardon in September, but the department quickly rejected it. Now the man convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill a rival has sued over that rejection, reports...

Joe Exotic Claims He Was Sexually Assaulted by Jail Staff

He asks for pardon in 257-page letter to Trump

(Newser) - Joseph Maldonado-Passage, federal inmate No. 26154-017 and better known as Joe Exotic, is seeking a pardon—and has written to both Donald Trumps. The former zoo owner, who is serving a 22-year murder-for-hire sentence, has sent President Trump a 257-page letter outlining his case for a pardon, TMZ reports. Exotic...

Current Owner of Tiger King Zoo Gets More Bad News

Jeff Lowe just saw his animal exhibitor license suspended by the USDA

(Newser) - In June, a judge gave control of the Oklahoma zoo once run by "Joe Exotic" of Tiger King fame (real name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage), and now owned by Jeff Lowe, to the two men's nemesis, Carole Baskin. Now, more bad news for Lowe: The Department of Agriculture this week...

Joe Exotic Writes Dire Letter to Fans

'I'll be dead in 2-3 months'

(Newser) - Joe Exotic wants out of prison, fast. In a letter to fans and supporters obtained by TMZ , the Tiger King star makes a dire prediction: "I'll be dead in 2-3 months." Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, says his health troubles are mounting behind bars, and the...

There's a New Twist in the Tiger King Saga

Judge gives control of the Okla. zoo once owned by 'Joe Exotic' to his foe Carole Baskin

(Newser) - Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage's worst nightmare—other than landing in prison, which is where he already is—just came true. Per the Hollywood Reporter , Carole Baskin, depicted as the archenemy of "Joe Exotic" in Netflix's Tiger King, has been awarded his former zoo in Wynnewood, Okla., after a...

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