Robert Durst will serve just over seven years in prison on a weapons charge, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled Wednesday. The sentence was part of a plea agreement submitted by the 72-year-old real estate heir in February.
The maximum sentence Durst could have received was 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm — in Durst’s case a .38-caliber revolver, the Associated Press reported.
Durst is still facing charges in Los Angeles stemming from the 2000 murder of writer Susan Berman, who he allegedly killed to silence her in a case involving the disappearance of his first wife in 1982.
The AP reported Durst’s attorneys filed a motion Monday requesting their client serve his time at Terminal Island, a prison facility some 30 miles away from downtown Los Angeles, where he can get the proper medical attention he needs due to his “advanced age and serious health considerations, including mobility challenges.”
Durst was arrested in New Orleans last year in connection with the killings, just as an HBO documentary series, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” was released.
Authorities say it was evidence found last year that tied Durst to Berman’s murder almost 16 years ago Christmas Eve. Berman was a friend of Durst’s and was believed to have known about the disappearance of Durst’s estranged wife in 1982.
Durst was also reportedly suspected of killing his 71-year-old neighbor in Texas in October 2001, but claimed to do so in self-defense after jumping bail and becoming a fugitive. Durst reportedly admitted to dismembering the man’s body, but was acquitted by a jury.
During the taping of the final episode of the show, Durst walked off camera to use the restroom. His microphone was still recording when he made what sounded like a confession.
“What the hell did I do?” Durst said. “Killed them all, of course.”Read More