SACRAMENTO, CA — Lyle Menendez described the emotional moment when he was reunited with his brother, Erik, in prison after almost 22 years.
Lyle and Erik are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting Jose and Kitty Menendez in 1989.
Lyle told DailyMailTV about the “wonderful” and “emotional” moment he hugged his brother more than two decades after they were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion. The last time they saw each other in person was September 10, 1996, after they were both convicted of first-degree murder.
Lyle said that he and Erik were able to be reunited after the The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) changed its policy related to family members in prison. When they met again at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego on April 4, Lyle said that they both burst into tears. “It’s been 22 years. So it was just something I wasn’t sure was ever going to happen,” he told DailyMailTV.
“I burst into tears. I had to walk a long way to see him … when he got brought over in a van, I was able to see him coming off and meet with him, and I wasn’t sure how I would react… I just felt a lot of adrenaline and just — I ended up bursting into tears, which is quite an emotional moment … just wonderful as you’d expect. Very emotional for my family … we’re happy about it.”
Lyle said that during their one-hour meeting, they both said “I love you” multiple times.
Lyle says he stills has nightmares about the night of the murders and the years of abuse he and his brother allegedly suffered, and says he feels remorse for the killings.
The brothers now see each other daily inside R.J. Donovan’s newest unit, Echo Yard.
For more on this case, watch the “Menendez Brothers” episode of Investigation Discovery’s True Crime With Aphrodite Jones on ID GO now!
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Main photo: Erik Menendez (left) and Lyle Menendez (right) [California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation]