A federal judge in New Orleans has formally sentenced real estate magnate Robert Durst to 85 months in prison, followed by three years’ supervised release, for weapons possession.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt today approved the sentence that was agreed to as part of a plea deal reached in February on the felony charge. Durst, whose long-suspected involvement in several murders chronicled in HBO’s documentary The Jinx led to his arrest, also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $100 special assessment.
But the legal saga is not over for Durst, who still faces a murder charge in Los Angeles for the killing of Susan Berman. Durst has insisted he’s innocent.
A loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver was found in March 2015 during a lawful search of Durst’s New Orleans hotel room after an arrest warrant was issued for the Berman killing. Having previously been convicted of multiple felonies, Durst was indicted in the Eastern District of Louisiana on April 10, 2015, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Durst’s story drew national attention after HBO aired Andrew Jarecki’s documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst in spring 2015. The series explored the mysterious disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathy, in 1982, as well as the 2000 killing of Berman, who was found shot in her Benedict Canyon home. In the finale of the six-part documentary, Durst is heard mumbling to himself after he leaves an on-camera interview to use a washroom, his lapel microphone still “live.” “What the hell did I do?” he asks himself. “Killed ’em all, of course.”
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