Joe Exotic release date: Is the Tiger King still in prison?

AS the UK prepares to watch Louis Theroux's latest documentary on the self-proclaimed 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic, find out everything about his prison sentence.

Joe Exotic shot to superstardom after the Netflix documentary Tiger King shone a light on his bizarre wild cat empire, before things came crashing down in dramatic fashion.

Is Joe Exotic still in prison?

In what turned out to be a spectacular miscalculation, Joe Exotic's legal team were so confident his prison sentence would be pardoned by the then-President Donald Trump – they had a limo waiting for him outside the prison.

He would not step foot inside it, as Trump's pardon never came. Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, will remain behind bars after Trump left him off his list of pardons that included 70 people, as well as the sentences of 73 others commuted on his last day as President.

Exotic is facing 22 years in a cell after he was found guilty of a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin and for violating several wildlife laws.

Netflix sensation Tiger King followed Joe Exotic and his overseeing of the establishment of a controversial private zoo in Oklahoma. Much of the series hinged on Exotic's long-running feud with Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.

When is Joe Exotic's release date?

In 2019, Exotic was convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse as well as two counts of attempted murder for hire.

He was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison, meaning as things stand his earliest possible release would come in the year 2041, at which time Exotic would be 80 years of age.

Where is Joe Exotic?

Currently, Joe Exotic is situated in Federal Medical Centre Fort Worth. Exotic was originally incarcerated in Grady County Jail in Oklahoma, but in April 2020 – after a string of COVID-19 cases, he was moved to FMC Fort Worth as a safety precaution.

Exotic is deemed high-risk from coronavirus, and as of March 2021 it was reported that he was suffering from a blood-immune disorder and was being refused treatment in his current location.

He penned an open letter to his fans explaining the kind of treatment he has been subjected to during his sentence, writing: "As most people know, I was born with CVID [common variable immune deficiency] not COVID-19 and [hemoglobin] anemia and required blood infusions every 4 weeks.

"I have not had one since the end of January, I am [losing] weight, sores won’t heal, I’ll be dead in 2-3 months.

"It’s like I’ve been sent to death row, they’ve stopped all my medications except one, this place is Hell on Earth, and the mental torture of being locked in this room alone and not even hearing Dillon’s (his current partner) voice or a letter, I wish I could just have ended things when Travis (his former partner) died."

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