Murder for Hire

Wildlife Park Owner ‘Joe Exotic' Sentenced to 22 Years in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Joseph Maldonado-Passage was found guilty in April of attempting to hire someone to murder Carole Baskin

This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage.
Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, File

A former wildlife park owner known as 'Joe Exotic' was sentenced on Wednesday to 22 years in federal prison for his role in a 2017 murder-for-hire scheme to kill a prominent animal rights activist, plus multiple violations of wildlife laws.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage was found guilty in April of attempting to hire someone to murder Carole Baskin, a prominent animal rights activist, according to the U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Oklahoma.

Baskin founded Big Cat Rescue, a popular animal sanctuary based in Tampa, Florida, dedicated to abused and abandoned animals such as lions, tigers, bobcats, and cougars.

For the full story, go to NBC News.

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