The controversial former Oklahoma Wildlife Park Owner, who's now in federal prison, will be the focus of a new Netflix documentary.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "Joe Exotic," is serving a 22-year prison sentence for trying to hire two different people to kill an outspoken critic, along with a slew of wildlife charges.
Joseph Maldonado-Passage and the former owner of the Greater Wynnewood Animal Park were indicted in 2018 by a federal grand jury on two counts of murder-for-hire.
Maldonado-Passage gave a person $3,000 to go from Oklahoma to Florida to murder a Florida woman and “allegedly agreed to pay thousands more after the deed,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Western District of Oklahoma.
Maldonado-Passage was also indicted by a grand jury on an additional 19 counts of wildlife charges, which included the violation of the Endangered Species Act and Lacey Act.
In October 2017, prosecutors say, Maldonado-Passage shot and killed five tigers to make room for other big cats in the cages, as well as sold tiger cubs. He was also accused of falsifying records relating to lions, a baby lemur and tigers which had been purportedly transported or donated for exhibition, but had actually been sold.
The documentary is called "Tiger King" and is the story of his life and crimes.
It is set to come to Netflix on March 20th.
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