Robert Durst Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge, Expected to Face Murder Charges

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Robert Durst after his arraignment in New Orleans, March 17, 2015.Credit: AP

Robert Durst, the Jewish real estate heir long suspected of multiple murders, pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge in Louisiana and is expected to face murder charges.

Durst agreed to the plea on Wednesday in New Orleans Federal Court. He will be sentenced to 85 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a loaded .38 caliber revolver in a New Orleans hotel room, The New York Times reported.

Under the deal, he will be extradited to Los Angeles, where he is expected to face charges that he murdered his friend Susan Berman in 2000.

Durst, the heir to the Durst Organization, a large New York real estate company, rose to national prominence early last year during the airing of HBO’s documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” The six-part series explored Durst’s personal life and his connection to the disappearance or murder of three people, including Berman. The others are his first wife, Kathleen, who disappeared in 1982, and his neighbor Morris Black, who was killed and dismembered in 2003.

Durst was arrested last March in New Orleans before the finale of the HBO series.

Authorities believe that Durst killed Berman, who was also Jewish, because of what she knew about his wife’s disappearance. Durst denies being involved in Berman’s death.

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