Two brothers were sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to kill their parents. Like a modern-day Menendez Brothers story, Christopher and Cameron Ervin of Atlanta were arrested in September 2015 after beating parents Yvonne and Zachary Ervin at their home.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police believe that the brothers served their parents Xanax-laced drinks and then waited for them to fall asleep before allegedly cutting a gas line, attempting to blow up the house. Then they brutally beat their mother with a rifle and stabbed their father multiple times. Yvonne was able to call 911 for help.
During the ruling, 22-year-old Christopher claimed he was addicted to drugs and alcohol. 17-year-old brother Cameron expressed remorse, stating that he wanted to spend the rest of his life "showing God how grateful I am that he spared them," referring to his parents. "During my time that I have spent in the Gwinnett County Detention Center fighting this case, I've spent two birthdays in here," he said. "I've had at least one visit a week, which is at least 60 visits, with my parents, one on one. Thirty minutes a visit. That's over just a day, two days spent talking to one another. And I realize how much I love them. And I realize how much they love me."
When asked about her sons' motive, their mother had no idea. “I don’t know why they’ve done this, I really don’t,” she told the emergency dispatcher, per People. “I guess they want the insurance money; I’m not sure.”
The district attorney wanted to give the brothers 30 years in prison each but the parents, who both survived the attack, asked for a lighter sentence.
[Photo: AJC/Fighting For Forgiveness]