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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 1995, file photo, Lyle Menendez looks up during testimony in his and brother Erik's retrial for the shotgun slayings of their parents in Los Angeles. With Lyle is his attorney Terri Towery. Menendez told ABC News in a phone interview from a California prison released Jan. 5, 2017, that he maintains a close bond with his brother, even though he is being housed at a separate facility. (Steve Grayson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

January 06, 2017

Lyle Menendez talks prison life, marriage in phone interview

Now, 48, Menendez says he still has a close bond with his brother

IONE, Calif. — Lyle Menendez says his childhood prepared him "surprisingly well for the chaos of prison life."

Menendez and his younger brother, Erik, killed their wealthy parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, at their Beverly Hills home in 1989. The brothers admitted the killings. They were convicted of murder in 1996 and sentenced to life terms without parole.

Lyle Menendez is now 48. He tells ABC News in a phone interview from a California prison that he maintains a close bond with his brother, even though he is being housed at a separate facility. He also reiterated claims of sexual abuse at the hands of his father.

Kitty Menendez's brother denied those claims to ABC News, saying there's "no indication" Jose Menendez abused his sons.

Lyle Menendez also says he's happily married, though he is barred from having conjugal visits with his wife.


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