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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Menendezes Sentenced

LOS ANGELES () -- As their six-year legal drama drew to a subdued climax, Lyle and Erik Menendez were sentenced to consecutive life terms in state prison without the possibility of parole for the shotgun murders of their wealthy parents.

Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg said Tuesday he believed the brothers carefully contemplated killing each parent, and that the crimes should be punished with separate sentences for the murders of their mother and their father.

"It's quite clear the defendants considered killing each parent separately," the judge said. "This was a decision made over several days. They considered killing one parent, or both, and decided on both and followed that decision."