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Joe Lopez parole decision to be reconsidered by state

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The Texas Pardons and Parole Board will reconsider its decision of the parole of former Tejano star Joe Lopez after meeting with Krystal Lopez, the victim in the case, on Thursday.

Krystal, Joe’s niece, is counting on new information to keep him in prison, according to The Brownsville Herald.

“In 2006, a Cameron County jury gave Lopez 32 years for raping Krystal in 2004, when she was 13.

Last month, the board granted his parole after 10 years in prison. But now, the parole board will reconsider that decision following Krystal’s statements.

Lopez, a Grammy-award winning singer and co-founder of Grupo Mazz, was sentenced to 20 years for one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, eight years for a second count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and four years for indecency with a child. But since he’s serving his sentences simultaneously, he was ordered to serve 20 years in prison.

Because the parole board apparently failed to notify Krystal of its intention to vote on her uncle’s parole, a board member met with her Thursday during an hour-long special review hearing.”

Read more: State to reconsider decision on Lopez – BrownsvilleHerald.com

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