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No-go for Joe Exotic: Trump pardon list omits ‘Tiger King’

Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One name missing in President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons is “Tiger King” Joe Exotic.

The zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star is now serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas.

His backers were so confident in a pardon that they readied a limousine and a hair and wardrobe team for Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage.

But he wasn’t on the list announced Wednesday morning.

He was convicted for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida.

He also was convicted of killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records.

Maldonado-Passage has maintained his innocence.

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