A.B. Quintanilla, brother of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla, now sits in the Nueces County Jail even after paying more than $98,000 in child support and attorney's fees.
"I cannot make you a dad. I cannot make you an emotional father. I cannot make you emotionally there for your son. I cannot make you phsyically there for your son," 347th District Court Judge Missy Medary said to Quintanilla during a hearing Wednesday. "But I can make you financially responsible for your son."
That is exactly what Medary did. Even after both sides agreed that Quintanilla had settled his debt, the judge sent the Kumbia King to jail -- a lesson to be learned for a defendant who failed to show up to court earlier this month.
"What I am going to do is I am going to revoke your community supervision. I am going to remand you into the custody of the Nueces County Jail and I'm going to have you sit in the jail, and I want you to think about two things," Medary said. "I want you to think about your responsibility as a father, and I want you to think of the rights of your child."
The judge told Quintanilla she would bring him back into the courtroom at an unspecified time to discuss whether or not he understands his obligations as a parent.
"Ms. Cleary did not ask for any jail time," said Kelly Koch, Quintanilla's ex-wife's attorney. "She just wanted to be paid the amount that was owed. This is something the judge did on her own because she felt this was an important issue, and that just because he is a celebrity he should not be treated different than anyone else."
"This was a hard fought case," said William Dudley, Quintanilla's lawyer.
The lawyers for both sides said the issues were worked out and the system worked as it should have.
"These parties compromised and they reached an agreement, and they did so without having to litigate it in court, and they were able to find a common ground where everybody agreed," Dudley said. "And that's the way litigation is supposed to work."
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Quinatilla remained in the Nueces County Jail.