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Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

 

January 23, 2020



By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws.

A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — who is also known as "Joe Exotic" — for trying to arrange the killing of a Florida animal sanctuary founder who criticized his treatment of animals. The woman, Carole Baskin, wasn't harmed.

Maldonado -Passage, who maintained his innocence, also was sentenced for k...



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