According to his defense counsel John Phillips, Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was flown on an aircraft to be transferred from a federal medical center in Forth Worth, Texas, to a federal medical center in Butner, North Carolina, late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The transfer was previously slated to be transferred later this month, according to Phillips, who tweeted his announcement on Saturday.
Maldonado-Passage informed Phillips he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and was receiving medical treatment and tests "for a variety of conditions," according to Phillips. "Prison medical care isn't the best, and justice is sluggish," Phillips remarked.
“Everyone, It is with a sad face that I have to tell you the doctors called me in today to break the news that my prostate biopsy came back with aggressive cancer, I am still waiting on the results from other test (sic) as well,” he wrote.
“It's a competition of life and liberty no one wants any part of,” he added.
A federal appeals court determined in July that Maldonado-Passage should serve less time in jail for his role in a murder-for-hire conspiracy and for violating federal wildlife regulations.
After being convicted of attempting to hire two different individuals to assassinate Florida animal rights activist Carole Baskin, he was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison in January 2020. The trial court incorrectly handled the two convictions independently in determining his jail time under sentencing guidelines, according to a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
The appeals court panel determined that his advisory sentencing range should be between 17 1/2 and just under 22 years in prison, rather than the trial court's calculation of just under 22 years and 27 years in jail.
The Netflix documentary "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness" features Maldonado-Passage and his blond mullet. Meanwhile, Baskin of Tampa's Big Cat Rescue shelter lost her attempt to prevent Netflix and a production firm from utilizing previously recorded films of her and her husband in the sequel to "The Tiger King."
On Friday, a federal magistrate judge recommended that the Baskins' request to prevent the use of the footage as an unlawful prior restraint under the First Amendment be denied.