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Behind Bars, Lyle Menendez Says He Regrets Murdering His Rich Parents

One of the infamous Menendez brothers speaks to Megyn Kelly about the incident.
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Following the premiere of NBC's new mini-series, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers, Lyle Menendez is speaking out about the 1989 murder of his parents.

This morning, he spoke with the Today Show's Megyn Kelly from behind bars about the regret he now feels over killing his mother and father.

During the interview, Kelly asked him directly, "Why did you decide to kill your parents?"

To which he responded, "Once I found out what was happening with my brother, I confronted my father, in the midst of that, my mother got involved...it's hard to almost go back and put myself in that situation, but, I -- just feel the pain, the outrage, the fear, and in all reality, just, just anger, and just you know, hopelessness."

She also posed the question: "Do you regret the murders?" 

"I completely regret," he said. "It's really, a regret every day, a regret every day, but at the same time, I can't escape what happened anymore than I can escape the memories of what happened to me."

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During their trials, their lawyers claimed that Lyle and Erik killed their parents after years of suffering from abuse. The prosecution, on the other hand, saw these allegations as completely false, and in 1995, the brothers were both convicted of murder and sentenced to life in jail without parole. Lyle and Erik remain in contact through letters, despite being held in separate prisons.

"I have not seen Eric in 17 years, and I miss him every day," Lyle said.

His marriage to Rebecca Sneed (they wed while he was incarcerated) also brings him "a lot of joy," he said.

"I can talk to her on the phone a great deal [and] visit with her. For me in here, it's more about just trying to find more meaning in life than just mere survival."

Law & Order True Crime airs on NBC; watch a clip of Megyn Kelly's interview below:

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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