California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/ AP
Thursday, April 5, 2018|5:50 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The Menendez bros, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills estate almost 3 decades earlier, have been reunited in a Southern California jail.
Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the very same housing unit as his 50-year-old bro, Lyle Menendez, Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton stated Thursday.
The bros are serving life sentences for fatally shooting their parents, Jose and Cat Menendez, in 1989.
Lyle Menendez was relocated February from Mule Creek State Jail in Northern California to San Diego’s R.J. Donovan Reformatory, after his security classification was lowered. But the brothers resided in separate housing units and would not have seen each other, Thornton stated. The jail houses almost 3,900 male inmates.
That changed Wednesday, when Eric moved into the exact same real estate unit as his bro, a system where prisoners agree to participate in instructional and other rehab programs without fighting or developing interruptions.
“They can and do interact with each other, all the prisoners in that facility,” she stated, though she didn’t know how the siblings responded during their reunion.
The brothers had actually asked 20 years back, after they were sentenced, to be sent out to the very same prison.
Prison officials stated then that they typically balked at putting partners in crime together, and the Beverly Hills detective who investigated the slayings argued that the bros may conspire to get away if they were together. Leslie Abramson, Erik Menendez’s lawyer, at the time called housing the brothers individually “exceptionally cruel and heartless.”
Lyle, who was then 21, and Erik, then 18, confessed they fatally shot-gunned their home entertainment executive daddy and their mother, but stated they feared their moms and dads were about to kill them to prevent the disclosure of the daddy’s long-term sexual molestation of Erik.
Prosecutors competed there was no evidence of any molestation. They stated the kids were after their moms and dads’ multimillion-dollar estate.
Jurors rejected a death sentence in favor of life without parole.