Joseph Lyle Menéndez and Erik Galen Menéndez were American brothers convicted in 1996 for the murder of their violent parents, José Menéndez and his wife Mary. During the trial, the brothers allegedly committed the killings out of fear that their father would kill them after threatening to give him years of sexual and emotional abuse. They were assessed first individually, with a jury for each brother. Both juries were delayed, leading to a cancellation of the trial. For the second trial, they were tried together by a single jury, they convicted them; as a result, they are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
|Born||Joseph Lyle Menéndez, January 10, 1968, New York, New York, U.S. Erik Galen Menéndez, November 27, 1970, Blackwood, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Criminal charge||First-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder|
|Criminal penalty||Life in prison without the possibility of parole (both)|
|Criminal status||Incarcerated at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (both)|
|Parent(s)||José and Mary "Kitty" Menéndez|
Widely known for being convicted with his brother Erik for the 1989 double murder of his parents. He was convicted in 1996 following a court case that, because of its Court TV broadcasting, became one of the most infamous crime stories of the 1990s in the US.
He studied at Princeton University for a year. He was suspended for a year after being accused of academic dishonesty.
Footage from his court case was used in the 1994 film Natural Born Killers. In 2017, Lifetime released the docudrama Menendez: Blood Brothers based upon his life and murders.
He married Rebecca Sneed in 2003 in a jailhouse ceremony at Mule Creek State Prison.
He was interviewed from jail by Chris Cuomo at the end of the "The Menéndez Brothers: Murder in Beverly Hills" episode of HLN's How It Really Happened in 2017.
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Latest information about Lyle Menendez updated on June 07 2021.