New lawyers for ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic to ask for new trial

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Joseph Maldonado-Passage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Exotic, of “Tiger King,” fame has found new attorneys, who say they plan to file a motion for a new trial in a matter of months.

Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival.

His new attorneys said Tuesday that they plan to file a motion for a new trial in federal court in Oklahoma once the appeals process wraps up in a month or two.

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