Robert Durst Gets 7 Years for Gun Charges

And he'll be moved to LA to stand trial for murder by mid-August
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2016 12:38 PM CST
Robert Durst Gets 7 Years for Gun Charges
Robert Durst pleaded guilty to a gun charge Wednesday in New Orleans. He received 85 months in prison, during which he'll be transferred to California to stand trial for the murder of his friend Susan Berman.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Robert Durst, millionaire oddball and star of HBO's true-crime documentary The Jinx, pleaded guilty to gun charges Wednesday in New Orleans, earning him 85 months in prison and clearing the way for his extradition to California by summer's end, the New York Times reports. Durst, 72, was arrested in March in New Orleans as The Jinx was wrapping up. FBI agents, afraid he was going to flee the country, searched his hotel room and found a loaded gun—something he isn't supposed to have as a convicted felon.

In the next six months, Durst will be transferred to a California prison to stand trial in the murder of his friend Susan Berman, who was found shot in her Los Angeles home in 2000, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Jinx looked at the multiple murders in which Durst has been a suspect, dating back to the 1982 disappearance of his first wife. In the finale of the documentary series, Durst went to the bathroom following an interview—apparently unaware he was still wearing a live mic—and muttered "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course," and "There it is, you're caught. What a disaster." (More Robert Durst stories.)

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