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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:00 pm

HARLINGEN — Krystal Lopez shakes when she thinks about Tejano star Joe Lopez getting out of prison.

In 2006, a CameronCounty jury gave Lopez 32 years in prison for three counts stemming from his October 2004 rape of Krystal, when she was only 13.

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.

Earlier this month, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted to parole Lopez, Krystal’s uncle, after 10 years in prison.

“It’s basically like a slap in my face,” Krystal, now 26, a bio technician in Houston, said in a telephone interview Friday. “Why would you give him 32 years and he serves 10?”

Krystal said the parole board denied her the opportunity to make her case against Lopez’s parole.

“I am against and will voice out against Mr. Lopez’s parole in every way,” she wrote in a letter to the parole board. “I ask that the parole board reconsider his parole or hold another hearing where I can have the opportunity to speak out against it …”

Krystal said the parole board failed to notify her of its plans to vote on Lopez’s parole.

“When I went to testify in his criminal trial in 2006, I was promised that I would be notified by the parole board of any parole hearings, either by phone, letter or other correspondence,” she wrote in her letter to the parole board.

A more complete version of this story is available at myBrownsvilleHerald.com 

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