A Facebook event posted on Thursday, May 5, titled “The Return of Joe Lopez Y Grupo Mazz at Starlite Burger Parking Lot McAllen Texas,” with over 1,000 RSVPs, had fans asking if the singer had been released from prison early.
Lorenzo Lopez, the singer’s brother, said the event is a hoax.
“There is a rumor going around that he is free and working already,” Lorenzo Lopez posted on his Facebook page on Friday. “I wish it was true, but unfortunately it is not true.”
Joe Lopez remains jailed at the W.F. Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas. The singer was convicted in 2006 on multiple sex offense charges involving a minor. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison, but because he will serve the sentences concurrently, they amount to 20 years in prison. His full prison term would end on October 27, 2026 and is eligible for parole on October 26, 2016.
“Our attorney says they are still working on his exoneration and that it takes time,” Lorenzo Lopez said. “I would like to thank all you good people that called in hopes he was released. I believe very soon he will be with us to thank you himself for all your support. But until then please try not to listen to rumors until I give you the good news that he is free.”
The Joe Lopez event hoax is just one of many this week, grocery store H-E-B debunked a rumor that Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor was playing a secret show at one of their Austin locations.