Real estate heir Robert Durst pleads guilty to weapons charge

Posted at 12:13 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 12:13:43-05

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fugitive New York real estate heir has pleaded guilty in Louisiana to a weapons charge and has agreed to a sentence of seven years and one month imprisonment.

The maximum penalty that Robert Durst could have faced was 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said Wednesday that he would “provisionally” accept the plea and would make a final decision after he receives a pre-sentencing report.

The acceptance of the deal is another step toward Durst’s extradition to California, where he is wanted in the death of a friend in 2000.  Durst has waived extradition but won’t immediately be sent to California until at least the sentencing.