Tiger King star Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, will remain in a Texas prison. But the former zoo owner’s sentence was reduced by one year, to 21 years, after a resentencing hearing by a federal judge on Friday.
Maldonado-Passage, 58, expressed concern that he won’t survive his sentence, the Associated Press reported.
“Please don’t make me die in prison waiting for a chance to be free,” he said.
Maldonado-Passage announced in late 2021 that he has prostate cancer.
He came to fame in 2020 when the Netflix series should have been treated as one conviction, meaning a slightly shorter sentencing range.became a huge hit during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The show revealed his feud with animal-rights activist Carole Baskin, and Maldonado-Passage was convicted of trying to hire two separate men to kill his rival. His original sentence was 22 years in federal prison. In July 2021, a federal appeals court ruled that the two separate attempts
Maldonado-Passage has been in and out of the news as different streaming services and networks have offered various updates and takes on the Tiger King scandal. Astarring SNL comedian Kate McKinnon as Baskin, and John Cameron Mitchell as Maldonado-Passage, is coming to the streaming Peacock series on March 3. Netflix’s own follow-up series, , came out in November but didn’t stir nearly as much attention as the first show.