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Lyle Menendez was convicted, along with his brother Erik, of killing his parents. They each unsuccessfully claimed self-defense, and were sentenced to life in prison in 1996.
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In 2003, Menendez had his second wedding behind bars. This time he wed magazine editor Rebecca Sneed.
Unlike his brother Erik, Lyle Menendez has remained largely quiet while serving his life sentence. He is an inmate at the Mule Creek State Prison, in Ione, California. According to a 2012 People magazine article, Menendez spends time lifting weights, playing basketball and caring for his pet lizard.
Since his 1996 conviction,
Lyle Menendez has fought for a new trial. He and his brother's legal efforts reached the California Supreme Court in 1998, but the court denied their request. The justices refused to review the Menendez brothers' case. The brothers then appealed to a federal court, which turned them down again in 2005. It appears that Menendez will likely spend the rest of his days in a California prison.
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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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