Robert Durst Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison on Weapons Charge
By Jackie Willis
Robert Durst accepted a plea deal on a firearms charge on Wednesday and was sentenced to seven years and one month in prison after a .38-caliber revolver was found in his New Orleans, Louisiana hotel room in March of last year.
The 72-year-old New York real estate heir could have received up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine, the Associated Press reports.
Durst was the subject of the 2015 six-part HBO documentary, Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which investigated the 2000 killing of Durst's friend, Susan Berman, and the disappearance of his first wife, Kathie Durst, in 1982. Durst now faces a murder charge in California for Berman's death, but maintains that he's innocent.
Durst was being held in New Orleans for the past year on weapon charges, but will be transferred to the minimum-security federal prison at Terminal Island, outside Los Angeles, where he will be arraigned on criminal charges on Aug. 18 in the death of Berman, the New York Times reports.