Durst forfeits $117K sent to him in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Real estate heir Robert Durst was fined $5,000 as part of his sentence on a weapons charge in Louisiana, but his lawyer says that's not all the money involved.
Defense attorney Richard DeGuerin (duh-GEHR-in) says Durst will also forfeit $117,000 in cash that he asked a friend to send to New Orleans and arrived after his arrest in New Orleans. The FBI confiscated the money. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon said Durst will also forfeit $44,000 that was in his hotel room when he was arrested.
He spoke outside of court after Judge Kurt Engelhardt accepted an 85-month sentence worked out in a plea agreement. Engelhardt noted that federal sentencing guidelines recommend 12 to 18 months, but three other jurisdictions agreed not to prosecute Durst on various charges that might have carried heavier sentences.
DeGuerin says the longer sentence is a great cost, but clears the decks for trial in Los Angeles, where Durst is charged with murder.
Durst told Engelhardt he is not guilty of that charge and wants to get to California as quickly as possible to say so in court.