According to TexasMusicRadio.net, the letter was allegedly sent to the Brownsville Herald to be published and aid the family in getting a new trial for Joe Lopez, but the letter was allegedly lost and never published.
“The letter that was paid for by Benita Lopez and sent to the Brownsville Herald that was never published it took Sandra Trevino to investigate what happened to the alleged letter, and was told it was misplaced and did not have any derogatory or offensive statements,” wrote Kandi Garcia of Texas Music Radio. “But we all wondered why it did not go to print?”
According to the website, Brownsville Herald publisher Frank Escobedo reviewed the letter and found that it should have been published right after Benita Lopez’s 92nd birthday on July 12, 2016. The website said the newspaper would publish the letter, but did not give an exact date.
The letter mentions the “inhumane” conditions for Joe Lopez in prison and the former singer being “abused and neglected as it relates to his medical conditions.” You can view the full letter here.
Lopez 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. Joe Lopez’s full prison term would end on October 27, 2026. He is eligible for parole on October 26, 2016.
The Lopez family has always maintained the former singer’s innocence on the charges.