Where is Jose Trinidad Marin now? All about Jenni Rivera’s ex-husband


Jose Trinidad Marin is a 59-year-old notorious Mexican convicted felon. Besides, Marin is also famous as the ex-husband of the late Latin singer Jennifer Rivera. Jose was behind one of the most vicious and vile sexual abuse scandals of all time.

For years, while still in a relationship with Jenni, Jose sexually abused his own daughters and his sister-in-law. The lewd man finally got what he deserved and was sent to prison for 31 years.

It has been decades since the process unfolded. Many fans of the late singer are curious if Jose is still alive and serving his sentence. Plus, many of you are unaware of Jose’s early life, so stay tuned as we’ve listed all the facts here today!


Who is Jose Trinidad Marin? How old is he?

Born February 15, 1964, in Mexico, Jose first rose to media prominence after marrying American singer-songwriter Jenni Rivera. As of 2023, Jose Trinidad is 59 years old. He holds Mexican nationality, also holds American nationality and is of Hispanic ethnicity.

During the early stages of his relationship with Rivera, the duo remained secretive about their married life, leaving very little information about Jose.

His parents raised him mainly in Mexico before moving to the United States.

There is no information about when he moved to the United States. That being said, given his encounter with his wife while studying in high school, we can say that he was quite young when he moved.

What did Jose Trinidad Marin do? His professional career

When he and Jenni first started dating, Jose was working several odd jobs to make ends meet. Around the same time, he got a job as a restaurant manager from which he also started earning a decent amount of money.

Moreover, he had also told his then-wife Jenni not to study and to stay at home to take care of their children and family. Of course, Rivera disagreed with him and it eventually led to physical abuse.

Besides, after the divorce from Jenni, he moved on with his life and started a new life in Riverside County.

When did Jose Trinidad Marin marry Jenni Rivera?

Jose and Jenni Rivera exchanged vows in the year 1984. At the time of their marriage, Jose was only 20 years old and his wife Jenni was 15. At the time of their marriage, Jenni was already pregnant with her first child.

Who is José Trinidad Marín's wife?
Jose and Jenni during their younger days.

When you marry the person you loved the most, you somehow expect everything to work out. Similarly, Jenni hoped that her marriage would also work out. Unfortunately, their married life was full of problems and constant abuse.

Not only did her husband physically abuse her, but he also sexually abused their own two daughters and her sister.

Trinidad Marín fathered three children with his ex-wife Jenni

The former flames first became a parent when Jenni was still in high school. She gave birth to her eldest child, named a daughter Chicis Rivera on June 26, 1985. Although Jenni became a mother in her teens, she still managed to finish high school and take care of her child.

A few years after the eldest came along, Jenni and Marin welcomed their second child, a daughter Jacqueline Rivera on November 20, 1989. A few years later, op September 11, 1991they were parent of a baby boy named Michael Rivera.

All three are doing great in their respective careers. The eldest Chiquis followed the same path as her mother and became a singer. Meanwhile, the other two became actors who mainly work in English and Mexican movies and series.

Jose Trinidad Marin and Jenni Rivera divorced in 1992

After years and years of mental torture, Jenni finally decided to call it quits. She filed for divorce sometime in the early 1990s and it was finalized in 1992. Custody of her three children was given to Rivera.

Initially, Jenni stated that she filed for divorce from Jose because of the physical and emotional abuse he inflicted on her. It was several years after the divorce, in the year 1997, when she found out about her ex-husband’s sexual abuse scandals.

He sexually abused his own daughters and sister-in-law

For years, Jenni Rivera’s former husband sexually exploited Rivera’s sister Rosie and his own two daughters. It all started with her sister Rosie and then he started harassing his two daughters as well.

In 1997, Rosie first revealed Jose’s wrongdoings. At the time, she alleged that Marin abused her and also his eldest daughter Chiquis. When they went for the physical examination, it was also revealed that he had also abused his other daughter, Jacqie.

As soon as Rivera heard the terrible news, she filed a complaint against her husband. Subsequently, the court ordered him to appear, but he ran away and became a fugitive. He even started a new life in Riverside County with a new identity and everything.

Nevertheless, all his attempts to disappear were in vain, because in April 2006 the authorities finally arrested him.

Trino was sentenced to 31 years in prison in 2007

After about a year of legal battle, Jose was found guilty of sexual assault. The court sentenced him to 31 years to life in prison without any possibility of parole for good behavior.

Jose Trinidad Marin
Jose during his trial.

The pedophile was convicted of nine felonies, including three counts of lewd acts with a child, three counts of oral copulation of a child, one count of aggravated assault and one count of continuous assault.

At the time of the hearing, Marin’s entire family was present, including his children. After sentencing, his eldest daughter Chiquis, whom he abused from ages 8 to 12, said the following: “I would like to tell my father that I love him and that I forgive him. He may not think I love him, but I do.”

How is his relationship with his children these days? What is Jose Trinidad Marin doing now?

As surprising as it is to learn, despite all the cruelties, Jose’s daughters are still active good relationship with him. In fact, he even called his oldest child, Chiquis, as she was getting married. In 2019, a day before her wedding to Lorenzo Mendez, she received a call from her father, straight from prison.

Chiquis included this whole incident as part of her YouTube vlog. In the video, we saw Jackie, who was already talking to their dad, come into Chiquis’ room and say, “Hi daddy, I’ve got your little girl here,” and handed her the phone.

Daughters of Jose Trinidad Marin
Jose is a father of three children.

Soon after, the father-daughter started talking. Chiquis also asked her father to lead them in his prayer.

All of this really makes us believe that Jose is still on good terms with his daughters regardless of all the past transgressions. Moreover, we can say that Jose has also accepted his heinous crimes and tried his best to change himself.

His ex-wife Jenni died in a plane crash in 2012

The year 2012 brought grim news for the Rivera clan. Jenni died after the plane she was traveling in crashed near Monterrey, Mexico. She was killed instantly along with six other passengers on board.

The singer was in town for a musical performance, but the event had such a sad ending. Her body was returned to her hometown of Long Island where she is interred at the All Souls Cemetery.

Where is Jose Trinidad Marin now? Is he still in prison or is he out?

In 2018, Jose was rumored to be getting out of jail for good behavior. Several sources reported the news and the news was not well received considering the crazy people.

The news got further fuel after Jose’s daughter said in an interview:

“I heard that, but I didn’t talk to him. He didn’t confirm anything to me. I was unable to visit him. So we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to say much because I don’t know if that’s true.”

Meanwhile, Jose Trinidad Marin was set to be released from prison in 2022, but it is not yet clear whether the man has been released or not.

How much is Marin’s net worth?

The ex-husband of the late singer Jenni Rivera, Jose, was apparently unemployed as soon as he was exposed to his sexual abuse. However, his net worth is estimated to be around $600,000 to $800,000 as of 2023. On the other hand, his late ex-wife Jenni Rivera reportedly had a whopping $25 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to Jenni Rivera’s husband?

Jeeni Rivera’s ex-husband Jose Trinidad Marin was sentenced to 31 years in prison in 2007 for sexually assaulting his then-sister-in-law and his two daughters.

Is Jose Trinidad “Trino” Marin Out Of Jail?

As of 2023, Jose Trinidad Marin is not out of prison. He was sentenced to 31 years in prison without easy parole for his good behavior.