Tiger King: Is the Tiger King still in jail? Inside FMC Fort Worth
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to stream and download on Netflix now. True crime fans have been binge-watching the documentary ever since it dropped towards the end of March and there are so many questions left unanswered. Is the Tiger King still in jail? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know;
Is the Tiger King still in jail?
Yes, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as The Tiger King and Joe Exotic, is still incarcerated in the United States.
In late 2018, Exotic was indicted for attempting to hire someone to murder his rival Carole Baskin of Big Cat Rescue.
Exotic believed Carole was out to close down his zoo, take his cats and everything away from him and he made very clear he was not going down without a fight.
After receiving information about the plot from informants who knew Joe, an FBI agent posing as a hit man, who Joe reached out to hire.
He was convicted on April 2, 2019, on two counts of murder for hire, eight violations of the Lacey Act (which covers conversation laws) and nine violations of the Endangered Species Act.
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Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020 and began serving his sentence at an Oklahoma federal prison.
However, as of March 2020, he was moved to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Fort Worth in Texas.
Exotic’s fifth and current husband, 24-year-old Dillon Passage spoke to Andy Cohen and John Hill on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live about Exotic’s current situation.
He revealed he speaks to his husband about three or five times every single day.
Dillon added: “But since he’s been moved to this new facility, they’re putting on a COVID-19 isolation because of the previous jail he was at – there were cases. I have yet to speak to him since he was moved.”
He added: “But Joe, you know, he’s a really good guy. He may have made some sketchy decisions but I know he regrets them.
“His intentions are really good at heart.”
The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Fort Worth, where Exotic is being held in isolation due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, is an administrative-security federal prison for male inmates in Texas.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, there are a total of 1,546 being held at the prison.
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The prison holds male inmates only of all security levels and many inmates have special medical and mental health needs.
FMC Fortworth originally operated as a Correctional Institution when it opened in 1971 before it was converted to a Federal Medical Centre in 1994.
In 2006, FMC Fort Worth returned to its correctional status before resuming its medical title in 2017.
Inmates in the prison are housed in units that range from cells to dormitories.
The prison offers a range of individual and group counselling alongside education opportunities, drug abuse treatment and psychological assessments.
Notable inmates who were once incarcerated at FMC Fort Worth were Oklahoma City Bombing terrorist Michael Fortier and Paul Vario who was played by Paul Sorvino in the 1990 movie Goodfellas.
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Exotic continued to maintain his innocence throughout the Netflix documentary,
Furthermore, it was reported on Thursday, March 26 that Exotic- is suing the US Federal Wildlife Service and the US Department of Interior, for ans estimated £66m ($78.84million).
He is also suing Jeff Lowe, his former business partner and another colleague, for an estimated £12m ($15million).
According to a post on his official Facebook page, he is also seeking a presidential pardon from Donald Trump.
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