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Erik Menendez and brother Lyle were found guilty of murdering their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez. They were both sentenced to life in prison in 1996.
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In 2005, Tammi and Erik Menendez gave several interviews to promote her book. During an interview with MSNBC's Rita Cosby, Erik expressed his regret over his parents' murders. He called his crimes "my real prison." Menendez found religion in prison and has led prayer groups, according to a 2005 People magazine article. He told People's reporter, "People view me as this dark guy,
a killer. It's been a struggle for me to realize I'm the nation's villain. I'm really not. I'm a good person."
Erik Menendez is currently serving his life sentence at the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, California.
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Learn more about Erik and Lyle Menendez, the notorious brothers convicted of brutally murdering their rich parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, in their Beverly Hills home in 1989. It was later proven that the Menendez brothers had planned the killings for weeks. At trial, Erik and Lyle unsuccessfully claimed self-defense and abuse, and were sentenced to life in prison in 1996. Get the details of the case, and peruse our biographies and videos, only at Biography.com.
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