Real estate scion Robert Durst is sentenced to seven years in prison for a federal gun crime, but his defense attorney maintains he did not kill his best friend, Susan Berman.
A New Orleans judge on Wednesday sentenced real estate scion Robert Durst to seven years in prison for a federal gun crime and agreed to recommend that he serve his time in a California prison. Durst, 73, faces a murder charge in California for a friend’s 2000 death. Lawyers for Durst, who pleaded guilty to the gun charge in New Orleans in February, have said he did not kill writer Susan Berman.
“This case is and always has been about the accusation that Bob killed his best friend, Susan Berman. He did not kill Susan Berman, he doesn’t know who did, and he’s eager to get to California to prove that. Thank you,” said Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin.
Durst has been held in Louisiana since his March 2015 arrest on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm after a search of his New Orleans hotel room turned up a handgun. His arrest came one day before the series finale of an HBO documentary entitled, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” which chronicled several police investigations of the multimillionaire whose family is known for its significant New York real estate holdings.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the terms of a plea agreement calling for an 85-month prison stint, followed by three years of supervised release. He also agreed to recommend that Durst serve his time in a prison in San Pedro, California, which Durst’s attorneys said can care for his medical needs.