Durst, 72, could be sentenced to seven years and one month in prison under his plea agreement, followed by three years of supervised release. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after a search of his New Orleans hotel room last March turned up a handgun.
Shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, Durst appeared frail and thin at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt. He told the judge that he could not hear well and was taking many medications.
Engelhardt set an April 27 sentencing hearing, noting that he hoped to have Durst in California by mid-August. Prosecutors there want him in connection with the 2000 killing of writer Susan Berman. Durst’s lawyer has said his client is eager to prove his innocence.
Durst’s arrest in New Orleans came one day before the series finale of a 2015 HBO documentary entitled, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of #Robert Durst.”
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Real estate heir and murder suspect Robert Durst pleaded #guilty to a federal gun charge in New Orleans on Wednesday, setting the stage for his return to California to face charges in the 2000 death of a longtime friend.