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Tiger King star Joe Exotic has not received a pardon from Donald Trump, after the US President published his list of executive pardons on his final day in office (20 January). Watch Exotic's private investigator speak here:
The former zoo owner's legal team were confident he would receive a pardon, even going to the extent of parking a limousine near where he is incarcerated in Fort Worth, Texas.
But Exotic's hopes were dashed when his name did not appear on a list of 73 names pardoned by Trump.
Names that do appear on Trump's list of pardons include rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black and the President's former advisor Steve Bannon.
Exotic was handed a 22-year-prison sentence in January 2020, having been convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records, and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.
Private investigator Eric Love, who is leading the 57-year-old's case, spoke yesterday (19 January) about his confidence that Exotic would be granted clemency.
He 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.
"I've got make-up, 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 two-and-a-half years. That's the first order of business.
"Then we'll probably go and get some pizzas, steak, maybe a McRib."
Asked why he was so confident Trump would spend his last day in power pardoning Exotic, Love said: "I think the President has sided with us and I believe it will take most of the limelight away from President-Elect Joe Biden.
"Last night, I shot a congratulatory video thanking Donald Trump so we have it queued up and ready to go.
"As soon as we get the word, we're going to execute that video to the White House and thank them."
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