Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in New Orleans federal court this morning as part of a deal that will see him sentenced to 85 months in prison.
The FBI arrested Durst last March at a hotel after a search turned up a .38-caliber revolver — which, as a convicted felon, Durst was not allowed to possess.
The arrest was perfect timing for HBO, which was airing a six-part documentary about him called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” The sordid chronicle of Durst’s bizarre one-man crime wave made him notorious nationwide.
Under the plea agreement, Durst will be transferred to federal prison in Los Angeles to face charges that he murdered a friend, Susan Berman. L.A. prosecutors have until Aug. 18 to arraign him.
Durst was acquitted of murder charges in Galveston, Texas, in 2003, despite testifying in grisly detail how he cut up the body of the victim and tossed the parts in Galveston Bay. The victim’s head was never found.
Durst claimed that death was an accident. He later pleaded guilty to charges of bond jumping and evidence tampering in connection with the case.
The HBO documentary famously ended with a recording of Durst saying, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”