President Donald Trump is expected to pardon around 100 people before he leaves office. Amid this, there are rumors that Joe Exotic would be pardoned. But who is Joe Exotic, and what did Joe Exotic do?

Joe Exotic became a widely known name, all thanks to Netflix’s ‘Tiger King.’ His legal team is confirmed he would be one of the people that Trump pardons. However, there has been no confirmation made. To add to this, his legal team has already prepared a limo for him to leave.

Who is Joe Exotic?

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, is a former zoo operator. He was the former owner and operator of  Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. Joe was seen as one of the best breeders of tigers in the United States.

Before making the zoo his full-time job, Joe worked as a police officer. Joe tried to run for the public office three times. However, he had been unsuccessful. He landed himself in hot water due to legal issues. His life became the key focus of the Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.’

Several people fell in love with the documentary, and it was an instant hit. Fans wished there was more to the series as they were eager to know more about his life.

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What did Joe Exotic do?

Joe has been in jail since 2018. One of the main reasons for him to be behind bars is his rift with Carole Baskin, the CEO of the Big Cat Rescue. She alleged that the way tigers were treated under Joe’s care was “abusive” in nature.

Their feud even took a legal turn as Carole filed a case against Joe for stealing Big Cat Rescue’s trademark. Joe was asked to pay $1 million. However, he was unable to do so. Following this, Joe was arrested in 2018 was allegedly hiring a hitman for $3,000 to kill Carole.

He was also charged for illegally selling animals like tiger, tiger cubs, and others. At the same time,  he was accused of allegedly killing five tigers in 2017. On January 22, 2020, Joe was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

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