Real estate mogul Robert Durst, who has been under suspicion for years over the deaths of three people over the course of three decades, has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon with a firearm, prosecutors say.
Durst, 73, received Wednesday’s sentence of 85 months as part of a guilty plea reached in Louisiana on February. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and his prison sentence will be followed by 3 years of supervised release.
The gun charge followed a search of Durst’s New Orleans hotel room in March 2015. Durst, who had checked in under the alias “Everette Ward” while under investigation for murder, was found to have a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver in his hotel room, as well as a realistic mask and over $40,000 in cash.
Durst was charged with first-degree murder in March 2015 in connection with the death of his friend Susan Berman, who was found murdered at her West Los Angeles home on Christmas Eve 2000. That charge came just hours before the conclusion of a six-part HBO documentary called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” during which he was caught in a hot mic moment.
After excusing himself to go to the bathroom at the end of an interview, Durst was apparently unaware that his microphone was still on, telling himself: “There it is. You’re caught. What a disaster. … What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
Durst, who is the son of New York City real estate mogul Seymour Durst, has also been investigated in the disappearance of Kathleen McCormack, his first wife, who disappeared in New York in 1982. He further became a suspect in the murder of his neighbor Morris Black in Texas in 2001, but he was eventually acquitted.
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