After being found guilty of various offenses, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, sometimes known as “Joe Exotic” or the “Tiger King,” has reportedly announced his intention to run for President in spite of the fact that he is presently serving a federal term of 21 years in prison.
However, he has now stated that he is not going to allow his prison sentence to prevent him from competing for the highest post in the country.
Joe Exotic announces 2024 presidential run:
“Put aside that I am gay, that I am in prison for now, that I used drugs in the past, that I had more then one boyfriend at once and that Carole hates my guts. This all has not a thing to do with me being able to be your voice.” pic.twitter.com/Cfkq0riUUc
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) March 15, 2023
The prosecution alleges that Maldonado-Passage promised to pay thousands more after the crime and provided a person $3,000 to go from Oklahoma to Florida in order to carry out the murder of large cat activist Carole Baskin.
Maldonado-Passage was charged by a grand jury on an additional 19 counts of wildlife offenses.
These accusations include the violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act.
In October of 2017, according to the prosecution, he shot and killed five tigers in order to make place in cages for more large animals, and then he sold tiger pups in order to collect money.
In addition to this, it was alleged that he had falsified papers about tigers, lions, and a newborn lemur that were supposed to be given or transported for display but were, in fact, sold.
Maldonado-Passage recently lost a major appeal to have his conviction overturned.