1. Wide view of Robert Durst and attorneys seated in court, push in to close view of Durst
2. Close view of Judge and pan over to Robert Durst
UPSOUND (English) Judge Mark Windham, Los Angeles Superior Court:
"As to count one, the first degree murder of Susan Berman, with a special circumstance of intentional killing of a witness pursuant to 190.2a10 of penal code, it's the judgment and sentence of this court, Mr. Durst, that you'll be in prison in the state prison for the term prescribed by a law that is life in prison without the possibility of parole. As to the special allegation that the defendant intentionally killed Susan Berman by means of lying in wait, that's described in 190.2a15 of the penal code, the same sentence is imposed and stayed pursuant to section 654 of the penal code. As to the allegation that the defendant personally and intentionally used a firearm in the commission of this offense, causing great bodily injury and death pursuant to 12022.53d of the California Penal Code, the court imposes a term of 25 years to life in prison."
New York real estate heir Robert Durst was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more that two decades ago.
Durst, 78, was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court last month of first-degree murder for shooting Susan Berman point-blank in the back of the head at her home in December 2000.
Durst silenced Berman to prevent her from incriminating him in the reopened investigation of his wife’s 1982 disappearance in New York, prosecutors said.
Berman provided a phony alibi for Durst when Kathie Durst vanished, prosecutors said.
Durst testified that he didn’t kill either woman, but said on cross-examination that he would lie if he had.
Prosecutors also presented evidence that he intentionally killed a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, in 2001, though he had been acquitted of murder in that case after testifying that he shot the man in self-defense.
Durst is the grandson of Joseph Durst, who founded the Durst Organization, one of Manhattan’s largest commercial real estate firms. His father, Seymour, took the reins of the company and later handed control of it to a younger brother, Douglas.
Robert Durst settled his share of the family fortune and was estimated by prosecutors to have $100 million.