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January 1, Real estate heir Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison without parole



New York real estate heir and documentary subject Robert Durst received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his former best friend Susan Berman in 2000.

Durst was found guilty of first-degree murder in September. Prosecutors alleged that Durst killed Berman because she planned to go to the police about a phony alibi she provided for him when his wife Kathie Durst disappeared.

“It’s a rare occasion for a judge to hear such an extraordinary case, extraordinary presentation by counsel,” said Superior Court Judge Mark Windham. “You, each in your own way, impressed me with phenomenal, unbelievably wonderful work.”

The case against Durst, 78, was the subject of the 2015 HBO docuseries “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”

During the series’ production, a live microphone caught Durst speaking to himself in the bathroom after being confronted with a damning piece of evidence.

“What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course,” Durst said in the footage.

Durst’s lawyers said they plan to appeal the sentence.


Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison for murdering Susan Berman

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