The fallen New York real estate scion will serve seven years and one month in prison
Estranged real estate scion Robert Durst's downward spiral started long before the damning finale of HBO mini-series The Jinx, but a lifetime of bad choices is finally catching up with the 72 year old. This morning a federal judge in New Orleans approved a plea agreement for Durst to serve seven years and one month in prison on a weapons charge, the AP reports (h/t TRD). The septuagenarian was found carrying a .38-caliber revolver in March 2015 after being charged with the murder of his friend, Susan Berman.
The plea deal allows Durst to face arraignment for the murder in Los Angeles. "I have been waiting to get to California about a year so I can state my not guilty plea," Durst told U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt, who sentenced Durst on the weapons charge, "I truly, truly want to express my statement that I am not guilty in the death of Susan Berman."
The time Durst has already spent behind bars will count towards his sentence. Following his release, Durst will be under three years of supervised release. He will also have to fork over a minuscule amount of his fortune—just $5,000. The maximum fine for illegally carrying a firearm after being convicted of a felony is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The federal judge who tried Durst in Louisiana recommends that he serve his sentence in at FCI Terminal Island in California, which is just 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles where he will be tried for killing Berman.
Durst has been in the hot seat for years, but suspicions surrounding his actions escalated following the culmination of The Jinx when Durst is heard muttering into a hot mic that he "Killed them all, of course." In addition to Berman, Durst has been eyed for the murder of his wife Kathleen McCormack, and neighbor Morris Black.
- Once-fugitive real estate heir's plea deal approved [AP]
- Robert Durst sentenced in Louisiana gun possession case [TRD]
- Robert Durst's Fall From Real Estate Heir to Accused Murderer [Curbed]
- All coverage of Robert Durst [Curbed]