Calm Down, Texas; Selena's Killer Will Not Be Released From Prison Early
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If you happened upon those recent reports stating that Selena Quintanilla's killer would be getting an early release from prison and freaked, please get those panties out of a bunch. The rumors are not true.
The fake article, first posted on the satirical news site National Report, stated that Yolanda Saldivar, the former nurse turned fan club president who shot and killed the singer back in 1995, would be getting an early release from prison, which could happen as soon as January 1, 2015.
If Yolanda Saldivar is ACTUALLY released early from prison, Corpus Christi & South Texas are gonna lose their s***. Protest? #Selena
— Rey Rodriguez (@TheReyRodriguez) December 9, 2014
Yolanda shot Selena at the Corpus Christi Days Inn in March of 1995 after being confronted about embezzling money from Selena's fan club and boutiques. The murder happened during the height of Selena's fame, and the news of her death turned the Tejano music scene in Texas upside down.
And that fake early release report, which was quite obviously satire, threatened to do the same thing. When the story caught the attention of the mainstream media, the whole fake report went viral, and Selena fans were pretty darn pissed at the idea.
Tejano fans far and wide voiced their protests on social media, and a petition on Change.org against the fake release garnered nearly 4,000 signatures in 24 hours. But it seems now all of that hubbub about Selena's murderer was much ado about nothing.
Yolanda will still be serving at least ten more years of her life sentence for the murder, according to Buzzfeed, one of the few outlets that did not fall for the rouse.
— Mrs. HeatRod (@nmheater) December 9, 2014
They busted that Selena killer case wide open by simply calling someone from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to ask about Yolanda's release.
Robert Hurst, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, told BuzzFeed News that Saldívar was not up for review until 2025, an entire decade longer than what was reported by the lampoon site.
"That is not true," Hurst said of the National Report article.
So yeah. We can all calm down now. Yolanda won't be released from prison any time soon, although she does keep trying.
Yolanda recently filed an appeal in the case, in which she is representing herself, citing ineffective counsel. She has filed a number of other appeals over the 20 years she's been in prison, and all of them have been thrown out.