NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A real estate heir from New York, who has been called a celebrity criminal, appeared before a federal judge in New Orleans Wednesday morning, now admitting he was in illegal possession of a gun at the Canal Street Marriott last year.
Robert Durst admitted that authorities found a gun in the downtown hotel on March 14, 2015. Durst had been staying in the room.
Prosecutors said the crime is weighted by the fact that Durst was already under indictment for possessing two revolvers after he was caught shoplifting a sandwich in Bethlehem, PA.
Prosecutors said even though he fled here to New Orleans, he was on his way to Cuba. Durst's attorneys would not comment on that allegation.
Durst was soft spoken in court, chained at the hands and feet, wearing an orange prison suit, and said he had trouble hearing. But agreed he understood the matter before him.
Durst, who is heir to New York real estate, entwined in years of murderous accusations and his wife's disappearance, pleaded guilty and accepted the deal that would grant him an 85 month sentence,with a 100 dollar fine and three years of supervised released.
The judge set a tentative sentencing date for April 27, though that date could move up if the pre-sentencing report is completed sooner.
When he is sentenced, Durst will be extradited to California to face murder charges for Susan Berman.
Durst is the subject of an HBO documentary "The Jinx," which details his connection to the disappearance of his first wife, Kathie, and the murder of Berman. Investigators suspect Durst killed Berman because she knew what happened to Kathie. In the final episode, which aired Sunday night, Durst was caught saying "What did I do? Kill them all of course."