Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "Joe Exotic," has a colorful past: He ran for president in 2016, he's a self-proclaimed country music star and he used to be the owner of a controversial exotic animal park, where some animals, including five tigers, were mistreated and wound up dead on his watch.
Cut to April 2019, when he was found guilty of all federal charges in a murder-for-hire plot against a Jane Doe in Florida. But how did he go from owning a wildlife park in Oklahoma to a laundry list of federal convictions?
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