“We are arguing that the district courts re-sentencing hearing, the order that the district court fashioned on January 28th of 2022, imposed an unconstitutional sentence,” said Molly Parmer, one of Joe Exotic’s attorneys. “You cannot be punished twice fort the same offense.”
“It was more than sufficient,” said US prosecutor Steven Creager.
Maldonado-Passage is the former owner of the Greater Wynnewood Animal Park in Oklahoma. He’s also the star of the hit Netflix series ‘Tiger King’.
In 2018, Maldonado-Passage was indicted on two murder-for-hire counts.
The target was Carole Baskin, a rival big cat activist. One of the counts was for hiring a hit man, the other was for working with an undercover FBI agent.
On Thursday, Joe Exotic’s attorneys argued one of the counts should be dropped because they happened around the same time with the same goal in mind.
“The court said, explicitly to me, and asked whether or not he could run counts one and counts two consecutive or concurrent,” said Parmer. “To which I said ‘no, and in fact you can’t run them consecutively because it will violate due process.’”
However, the US Attorney concerns echoed the appellate judges and said the sentencing was proper.
“Even if this Court were to conclude that a lower sentence would have also been reasonable, that’s simply not sufficient,” said Steven Creager.
Meanwhile, in an animated YouTube video statement, Joe Exotic said it’s now a waiting game.
“I guess we’re going to sit around and wait for awhile until we get a decision, then we have to wait for it to get back on the docket so I can get back to Oklahoma and probably just get screwed over again,” he says.