The Menendez Brothers Have Been Reunited in Prison
Lyle and Erik Menendez, the two brothers convicted of murdering their mother and father, Kitty and Jose Menendez, in their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989, are now housed in the same California prison.
On February 22, 50-year-old Joseph Lyle Menendez was transferred from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, Terry Thornton, deputy press secretary at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said last month. And as of Wednesday, the brothers are living in the same housing unit in the prison.
A February 14 message attributed to Lyle and posted on the brothers' Facebook page stated that after being separated for almost 22 years, the brothers would be reunited at Erik's San Diego prison.
Thornton said that the brothers had asked to serve their sentences at the same facility previously, and it was determined at a classification hearing for Lyle in February that "there was no reason that they could not be housed at the same institution."
Now, “they can and do interact with each other, all the inmates in that facility,” Thornton told the Associated Press, though she didn’t know how the brothers reacted during their reunion.
Thornton said that both Menendez brothers are classified as "level 2" or "medium-custody" inmates serving life sentences without parole. The R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility has all four levels of CDCR inmates, and Thornton explained that it's possible for inmates' levels to decrease through good behavior and participation in rehabilitation programs.
"There are a lot of case factors that go into deciding where an inmate is to be housed," Thornton explained: "Any kind of family issues, any programs the offender might be eligible for, what the offender needs in terms of educational programs—all of these factors, as well as others, are taken into consideration."
The Steeple Times previously reported on Lyle's transfer.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.