OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KOCO) — The legal team fighting for his release believes President Donald Trump will issue a pardon for the man known as “Joe Exotic.”
Joseph Maldonado-Passage was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and for violating wildlife laws. The leader of Maldonado-Passage’s legal team told KOCO 5 that they are extremely confident about getting a presidential pardon sometime Tuesday and that the Netflix sensation remains positive.
“We’ve delivered everything that I wanted to do on this project,” Eric Love said. “I am absolutely confident that we are going to receive the pardon tomorrow. We worked very hard on it.”
Love – the lead advocate for Team Tiger, which is a group consisting of attorneys and private investigators who represent Maldonado-Passage – said he’s the one who told “Joe Exotic” to look into a presidential pardon. A 257-page application was filed last September.
According to Love, Team Tiger expects to get the nod sometime Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. But in the meantime, the group has prepared for Maldonado-Passage’s release.
“We’ve got hair, makeup, wardrobes. Trust me, anything you can think of we have it, including a doctor and also a mental health expert,” Love said.
I’m told this is the limousine that will be waiting to pick up Joe Exotic if he receives the pardon tomorrow.
The lead advocate of Team Tiger tells me they’ll be taking him to a secure location. He says Joe doesn’t want anyone to see him until his hair his done. @koconews https://t.co/SICtee1AIl pic.twitter.com/AZATiyleig
— Perris Jones (@KOCOPerris) January 19, 2021