'Tiger King's' Joe Exotic set to be resentenced on Jan. 28 in OKC federal court

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    American zoo operator, internet personality, musician, and cult leader.

Joe Exotic is set to be resentenced Jan. 28 in Oklahoma City federal court in his murder-for-hire case.

The former Oklahoma zookeeper could get less time in prison. He has said in social media posts he wants to go free.

U.S. District Judge Scott Palk on Monday scheduled the hearing on punishment after the "Tiger King" star put off radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m.

The judge originally sentenced Joe Exotic to 22 years in federal prison for hiring hit men to kill rival Carole Baskin and for crimes involving his animals.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July ruled he must be resentenced because of a judicial mistake.

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The judge erred in deciding punishment by not "grouping" two murder-for-hire counts as part of a "common criminal objective," the appeals court concluded.

Because of the appellate decision, Joe Exotic will be resentenced under revised guidelines that, if followed, could result in as little as 17 years and six months in prison.

The judge does not have to follow the guidelines, however, and could impose the same punishment.

Joe Exotic was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October. He was moved in November to the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, for treatment.

He thanked his supporters n a tearful recorded phone call posted by his attorney on Instagram Christmas Eve.

He blamed fabricated evidence and lying witnesses for his conviction.

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"I'm innocent," he said. "I'm still sitting in this place rotting. And I want the prosecutors and the federal agents that convicted me held accountable for conspiracy to commit perjury and obstruction of justice."

Joe Exotic became known worldwide after Netflix released "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" during the first lockdowns of the pandemic.

The documentary series focused on his life, his murder-for-hire case and his now closed zoo in Wynnewood. A sequel was released in November.

He was convicted at a jury trial in 2019.

His actual name is still listed as Joseph Maldonado-Passage in the court case. His attorneys now refer to him as Joseph Maldonado since he and his latest husband, Dillon Passage, are divorcing.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Resentencing for 'Tiger King's' Joe Exotic set for Jan. 28 in OKC

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