Judge OKs Putting Durst Away for 7 Years

Real estate heir will be sent to Calif. prison for his medical needs
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2016 10:39 AM CDT
Judge OKs Putting Durst Away for 7 Years
Robert Durst leaves federal court after his arraignment on April 14, 2015, in New Orleans.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A New Orleans judge officially approved Robert Durst's February plea deal on a gun charge and sentenced him to seven years in prison on Wednesday, Reuters reports. For more than a year, the real estate heir has languished in a New Orleans prison after being nabbed with a handgun in his hotel room. He was busted for that felony just one day before the series finale of HBO's The Jinx, in which he famously appeared to confess to three murders by saying, "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

US District Judge Kurt Engelhardt also agreed that Durst can be transferred to a low-security prison with medical facilities in San Pedro, Calif., where the 73-year-old's attorneys say his "advanced age and poor health" can be better addressed, per the Advocate. In California, Durst will face a murder charge in the 2000 death of friend Susan Berman, the AP reports. (A Texas judge believes Durst once dumped a cat's head on her doorstep.)

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