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Menendez Brothers Reunited In Prison After 21 Years Apart

Brothers Erik and Lyle Menendez are together again in the same prison housing unit at San Diego's R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

By Gina Tron

Reunited and it feels so ... murdery?

The Menendez brothers have been reunited inside a California prison after more than two decades apart.

The siblings were convicted in 1996 of murdering their parents inside their Beverly Hills mansion on On August 20, 1989.

Now, Erik Menendez 47, and Lyle Menendez, 50, are now under a home once again, only this time it’s inside a corrections facility The Associated Press reported.

The prison moved Erik into Lyle’s housing unit of San Diego's R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility on Wednesday. Erik was transferred to the prison from Northern California in February but until this week, the brothers were in separate units. In 1995, the brothers asked to be jailed together but a Beverly Hills detective said they may conspire to escape if put together. Erik’s lawyer called the decision to house them separately “heartless” at the time.

Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said she doesn’t know how the brothers reacted during their reunion.

Lyle Menendez was 21 and Erik was 18 when they killed their parents Jose and Kitty Menendez. Jose was nearly decapitated by the 12-gauge shotgun used in the attack, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kitty was also rendered almost unrecognizable after being shot several times. The siblings claimed they were retaliating against their father’s sexual abuse but the prosecutors argued that the boys were just after their parent’s money.

Their trial, broadcast by Court TV, became one of the most sensational trials in history.

[Photos: Getty Images; California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation]