The Menedez Brothers are Reunited in Prison After 30 Years Apart
SACRAMENTO, CA — The Menendez brothers have been reunited in prison after being housed in different facilities for over two decades.
Lyle and Erik Menendez are serving life sentences for murdering their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, in their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Lyle, 50, was moved in February from Mule Creek State Prison in Northern California to San Diego’s R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, where his brother resides.
Prison authorities stated that they moved Lyle to the Donovan facility after authorities lowered his security classification. But California corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said that Erik, 47, was being held in a separate housing unit, so the brothers still wouldn’t have been able to interact at all.
But on Wednesday, Eric was relocated into the same housing unit as his brother. Inmates regularly interact in rehabilitation and educational programs within housing units, provided there are no disruptions.
Authorities arrested the brothers in March 1990, and their first trial in 1994 ended in a mistrial.
On March 29, 1996, they were convicted of first-degree murder.
The last time the brothers saw each other in person was on September 10, 1996, when they were each sentenced to life in prison.
The brothers claimed that they were driven to commit the murders after their father sexually abused them as children. But prosecutors claimed that the brothers’ true motive was money — and that they wanted to gain access to their parents’ millions.
Prison officials initially decided to house the brothers separately due to fears that they might conspire to escape. Leslie Abramson, Erik Menendez’s attorney at the time, called housing the brothers separately “exceedingly cruel and heartless.”
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