‘Tiger King’s Carole Baskin ‘relievedTrump failed to pardon Joe Exotic: ‘He belongs behind bars

'Tiger King's Carole Baskin 'relieved' Trump failed to pardon Joe Exotic: 'He belongs behind bars'

Carole Baskin is breathing a sigh of relief after former 特朗普总统 failed to pardon her chief “虎王” 对手 Joe Exotic.

The big cat enthusiast spoke to Fox News on Wednesday, just hours after Trump issued 73 pardons and 70 sentence commutations with the exception of Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.

I’m taking a deep breath because I feel such a sense of relief,” Baskin told Fox News. “From the very time that he was sentenced I have worried about there being a presidential pardon that could undo all of the hard work that went into bringing this person to justice. When today at noon a new president was sworn in, I felt like I was finally safe from that threat.

在四月份 2019, Exotic was convicted and served a 22-year prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted Baskin. He was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records, yet has maintained his innocence.

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The story was featured on the Netflix公司 documentary miniseries虎王: Murder, Mayhem & Madness,” which went viral shortly after its March 2020 release on the streamer.

Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, told Fox News she is 'relieved' President Trump did not pardon her 'Tiger King' rival Joe Exotic.

Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, told Fox News she is ‘relievedPresident Trump did not pardon her ‘Tiger Kingrival Joe Exotic. (Netflix公司)

Baskin said it’s mainly Exotic’s past abuse ofpoor cubs and their mothers and all of the illegal traffickingof animals that he belongs in prison.

He absolutely belongs behind bars,” Baskin continued.

Baskin added that Exotic was fortunate he didn’t get more than 22 年份. She claims he could have been handed an 80-year sentence but believes the judge was trying to beas fair as he possibly could and not overreacting to the fact that [Exotic] was both trying to kill me and harming these animals.

Private investigator Eric Love, who is part of Exotic’s legal team, said Tuesday evening he was confident the “虎王” star would be receiving a pardon before Trump’s term ended Wednesday.

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Joseph Maldonado-Passage is currently serving 22 years after being found guilty of participating in a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage is currently serving 22 years after being found guilty of participating in a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin. (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, 文件)

We will be standing by waiting for President Trump’s confirmation of the Tiger King Joe Exotic,” Love said from inside a limousine waiting to pick Exotic up from a Texas prison if he was pardoned and released, KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reported.

While the possibility of Trump pardoning the eccentric former zoo owner is no longer on the table, Baskin insisted there are “绝对” ways Exotic could help himself behind bars. Instead of seeking a pardon, she said his energy could be used to follow in the example of Mario Tabreau, a convicted drug trafficker whose 100-year sentence was significantly reduced.

“[Tabreau] got his sentence reduced to 12 years by turning state’s evidence over. I think Joe could do the same thing. If he’s really had a change of hearthe says that after being in a cage he doesn’t think wild animals belong in cages — 好, he knows all of the breeders and dealers and exploiters in this industry. He could provide state’s evidence and really reduce his sentence,” Baskin said. “I’d be fine with that!”

Online prison records viewed by Fox News confirm Exotic, 谁是 57, is expected to be released in July 2037.

A rep for Exotic did not immediately return Fox Newsrequest for comment about Trump’s failure to pardon him Wednesday.

Included in Trump’s pardons were former 白色的房子 顾问 Steve Bannon, rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, as well as Death Row Records co-founder 麦可 “Harry O” 哈里斯.

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