Menendez Brothers Reunite in Prison, 22 Years After Sentencing in Parents' Murders

Menendez Brothers Reunite in Prison, 22 Years After Sentencing in Parents' Murders

Jail officials say Erik and Lyle Menendez, who are brothers sentenced to life for the 1989 murder of their parents, are now assigned to the same unit in a California prison.

In this file photo, Lyle Menendez looks back at the spectators in the courtroom during final arguments in the second murder trial of Lyle and his brother Erik in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 1996.Erik Menendez gestures during lengthy testimony in Van Nuys courthouse in Los Angeles, Jan. 4, 1996, in this file photo. Both men are serving life sentences with no possibility of parole.

That changed Wednesday, when Eric moved into the same housing unit as his brother, a unit where inmates agree to participate in educational and other rehabilitation programs without fighting or creating disruptions.

The siblings claimed they were retaliating against their father's sexual abuse but the prosecutors argued that the boys were just after their parent's money. That was the first time the brothers saw each other since 1996.

The two told police they had returned home to find their slain parents.

They were arrested after the girlfriend of a psychologist that had been treating Erik Menendez went to police to say that he had physically threatened the doctor.

Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his 50-year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Thursday.

But this week, Erik was transferred into the same unit as his brother at the facility, which houses almost 3,900 male inmates, corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

The trial began in 1993 and resulted in two deadlocked juries in 1994 before the case was retried in 1995.

But they reportedly wrote letters and played chess by sending their moves through the mail, according to Mr Rand.

"I love my mother, and I still cry over my mother, and I don't forgive her, " he told the "Today" show in September. The California Supreme Court must decide whether to review a lower court decision to allow alleged tape confessions made to a psychiatrist as evidence before a preliminary hearing can take place.

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