Real estate heir Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison for California murder
Oct 14 (Reuters) – A California judge on Thursday sentenced real estate heir Robert Durst to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, in a long-delayed punishment for a man who mostly evaded the law over 39 years.
Durst, 78 and in poor health, appeared dejected and was slumped in his wheelchair during the hearing, unshaven and disheveled in his Los Angeles County jail uniform.
A much more confident and robust Durst had defiantly jousted with filmmakers in a 2015 documentary series when he seemed to inadvertently confess to murder on microphone.
Durst, a multimillionaire whose grandfather founded one of New York City’s premier real estate companies, was long a suspect but never charged in the disappearance of his wife Kathleen McCormack, who went missing in New York in 1982.
Survivors of Berman who spoke at the hearing pleaded…