Family of Tejano star seeks exoneration after parole approval

The family of Grupo Mazz co-founder and lead singer Jose Manuel “Joe” Lopez announced Saturday that they will seek to exonerate him of his conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl near Brownsville in 2004.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice database, Lopez, 66, was approved for parole after spending more than a decade in prison. Lopez agreed to be transferred to a sex offender education program and will be released after completion.

As reported by the San Antonio Express News, Lopez became famous as the lead vocalist of Grupo Mazz, producing several hits and albums for the band. He and co-founder Jimmy Gonzalez went on to form separate bands, but each kept the name Mazz.