Joseph Maldonado-Passage was indicted and arrested on September 7, 2018, in Gulf Breeze, Florida, as a result of investigation by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and the U. S. Marshals Service. Maldonado-Passage had tried to hire an undercover FBI agent to murder his nemesis, Carole Baskin of Big Cat Rescue. A federal jury found him guilty on two counts of hiring someone to murder Baskin in Florida, on eight counts of violating the Lacey Act by falsifying wildlife records, and on nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act by killing five tigers and for selling tigers across state lines. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison on January 22, 2019. As of March 2020, he was incarcerated at Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth (FMC Fort Worth). In June 2020, Baskin received control of Joe Exotic's zoo property. The same month, President Donald Trump described Joe Exotic as a "strange guy" but did not state if he would consider pardoning him.