UPDATE: Joe Exotic fails to receive pardon from Trump as team waits with limo for his release
- Joe Exotic wasn't on a clemency list released in President Donald Trump's last hours in office.
- The "Tiger King" star's legal team, expecting a pardon, had said a limo was waiting.
- The rapper Lil Wayne and Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon did appear on the most recent list.
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The "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic failed to secure a pardon as part of a clemency list released in President Donald Trump's final hours in office.
Just a day earlier, the 57-year-old's legal team told the British publication Metro that it was so confident the former zookeeper would receive a pardon that it had a limo waiting near his prison in Texas to take him home.
Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is serving a 22-year prison sentence after being convicted of plotting to murder his "Tiger King" rival Carole Baskin, as well as several counts of animal abuse.
Trump issued more than 140 pardons and commutations late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning as one of his final acts as president. The list of recipients included the rapper Lil Wayne, who received a pardon; the rapper Kodak Black, whose sentence was commuted; and Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon, who received a pardon.
Eric Love, the private investigator who is leading Maldonado-Passage's legal team, appeared to still have hope that an even-later pardon would be announced — Trump's term lasts until noon Wednesday. On Tuesday night, Love tweeted: "We are still waiting on the pardon."
On Monday, Love had told Metro: "This time tomorrow, we're going to be celebrating. We have good reason to believe it will come through. We're confident enough we already have a limousine parked about half a mile from the prison. We are really in action mode right now."
He continued: "I've got makeup, wardrobe, the whole unit that will come up. The first thing Joe wants to do he wants his hair done. He hasn't had his hair done in 2 1/2 years. That's the first order of business. Then we'll probably go and get some pizzas, steak, maybe a McRib."
In response to the possibility of a pardon, Baskin, who assumed control of Maldonado-Passage's old zoo in Oklahoma when he was convicted, told Insider via an email statement: "There is no benefit, other than a feeble attempt to deflect attention, for anyone to pardon someone who walked up to five tigers and shot them in the head in order to clear cage space for the circus, who was going to pay him to board their tigers during the off season."
She added: "Tigers are the world's favorite animal and Joe Schreibvogel Maldonado Passage is right where he belongs."
Editor's note: This article was updated Wednesday morning to reflect Joe Exotic's omission from President Donald Trump's latest clemency list.
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