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Lyle Menendez talks prison life after parents' 1989 murders

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/6/2017
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 1995, file photo, Lyle Menendez looks up during testimony in his and brother Erik's retrial for the shotgun slayings of their parents in Los Angeles. With Lyle is his attorney Terri Towery. Menendez told ABC News in a phone interview from a California prison released Jan. 5, 2017, that he maintains a close bond with his brother, even though he is being housed at a separate facility. (Steve Grayson/Pool Photo via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Oct. 20, 1995, file photo, Lyle Menendez looks up during testimony in his and brother Erik's retrial for the shotgun slayings of their parents in Los Angeles. With Lyle is his attorney Terri Towery. Menendez told ABC News in a phone interview from a California prison released Jan. 5, 2017, that he maintains a close bond with his brother, even though he is being housed at a separate facility. (Steve Grayson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

IONE, Calif. (AP) — Lyle Menendez says his childhood prepared him "surprisingly well for the chaos of prison life."

FILE - In this March 20, 1996, file photo, Lyle Menendez, right, is comforted by his lawyer Charles Gessler as the verdicts are read at Van Nuys Superior Court in Los Angeles. Menendez and his brother Erik were found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 1989 shotgun murders of their parents Kitty and Jose Menendez. Menendez told ABC News in a phone interview from a California prison released Jan. 5, 2017, that he maintains a close bond with his brother, even though he is being housed at a separate facility. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 20, 1996, file photo, Lyle Menendez, right, is comforted by his lawyer Charles Gessler as the verdicts are read at Van Nuys Superior Court in Los Angeles. Menendez and his brother Erik were found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 1989 shotgun murders of their parents Kitty and Jose Menendez. Menendez told ABC News in a phone interview from a California prison released Jan. 5, 2017, that he maintains a close bond with his brother, even though he is being housed at a separate facility. (Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

Menendez and his younger brother, Erik, killed their wealthy parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, at their Beverly Hills home in 1989. The brothers admitted the killings. They were convicted of murder in 1996 and sentenced to life terms without parole.

Lyle Menendez is now 48. He tells ABC News in a phone interview from a California prison that he maintains a close bond with his brother, even though he is being housed at a separate facility. He also reiterated claims of sexual abuse at the hands of his father.

Kitty Menendez's brother denied those claims to ABC News, saying there's "no indication" Jose Menendez abused his sons.

Lyle Menendez also says he's happily married, though he is barred from having conjugal visits with his wife.

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