Tejano star Joe Lopez has been granted parole after serving 11 years in prison for raping his then-13-year-old niece Krystal Lopez in 2004.
On Jan. 26, the Texas Pardons and Parole Board granted the parole for the 67-year-old Lopez after he completed a nine-month Sex Offender Education Program.
Less than a year ago, his niece Krystal came forward to testify against Lopez's release before the parole board on Feb. 2, 2017, according to the Valley Morning Times .
According to the Valley Morning Times , Krystal Lopez was making her case against her uncle when the board ordered he must complete the program before being released from prison.
A Cameron County jury sentenced Lopez, a Grammy-award winning singer and co-founder of the popular band Grupo Mazz, to 32 years in prison in 2006.
According to records , Lopez 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.
Lopez is currently being held in the Hightower Unit in Dayton, Texas and was initially eligible for parole on Oct. 26, 2016, according to records .
According to the Valley Morning Star , Lopez will be undergoing a releasing process that will take 30 to 45 days.
Upon his release, Lopez will undergo “supervised parole” through Oct. 31, 2026, and could be released by mid-February, according to the Valley Morning Star.
Lopez will also be required to register as a sex offender once he is released from prison.