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Appeals court orders resentencing for 'Joe Exotic,' affirms conviction

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on Wednesday ordered resentencing for an Oklahoma man known as "Joe Exotic," featured in popular Netflix docuseries "Tiger King," but affirmed his conviction.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on Wednesday ordered resentencing for an Oklahoma man known as "Joe Exotic," featured in the popular Netflix docuseries "Tiger King," but affirmed his conviction.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and for violating wildlife laws.

At his sentencing, the Oklahoma City judge sentenced the two murder-for-hire counts separately, meaning that Maldonado-Passage got an individual sentence for each charge.

Maldonado-Passage argued that the judge should’ve grouped them together and just given him one sentence for both counts.

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"For the foregoing reasons, we affirm Maldonado-Passage’s conviction but vacate the sentence and remand for resentencing," the court documents sad.

The 10th Circuit is sending the case back to the Oklahoma City judge, telling him to re-do the sentencing but group the two counts together.

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