Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison for murder of friend Susan Berman

Robert Durst sentenced to life in prison for murder of friend Susan Berman
The 78-year-old real estate heir will spend the rest of his life behind bars

ロバート・ダースト に刑を宣告されました 生活刑務所 without parole for the murder of his friend スーザンバーマン at her Beverly Hills home.

The 78-year-old real estate heir was found guilty last month of shooting Ms Berman, 55, in the back of the head in December 2000.

A jury also found him guilty of the special circumstances of lying in wait and killing a witness, which in California carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of early release.

Prosecutors told his trial that Durst killed Ms Berman because she knew too much about the 1982 彼の妻の失踪, Kathleen McCormack Durst.

Ms Durst’s body has never been found after she disappeared in New York in 1982 and he has never been charged in connection with her death.

The court was told that Ms Berman had provided a false alibi for Durst in1982 and that he feared she would reveal that to authorities.

Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, who presided over the trial and sentenced Durst in Los Angeles County on Thursday, described the murder as “awful and disturbing.”

ダースト, who appeared at his sentencing in prison uniform, 彼自身の弁護で証言した 15 日々, 検察官は陪審員に彼が何度も嘘をついたり話を変えたりしたと言った.

The was held six years after he appeared on the HBO documentary series ジンクス, where he appeared to confess to multiple killings.

During filming of the show, Durst was caught on a live microphone muttering to himself, 「私は一体何をしましたか? それらすべてを殺した, もちろん。"

Andrew Jarecki, the filmmaker behind ジンクス, was present in court for Durst’s sentencing.

The New York-born real estate heir was arrested in Louisiana the day before the show’s final episode was set to air, and had with him cash, a gun and a map of Cuba. He denied killing Ms Berman but admitted he discovered her body and failed to report it as he felt nobody would believe he had not killed her.

Deputy District Attorney Habib Balian told the trial that Durst had told a “fantastical tale” to deflect from his guilt in the case.

「今年はオリンピックの年でした. 真実から逃げるイベントがあったら, 彼は表彰台のトップにいるでしょう," 彼は言った.

During the trial jurors were shown a latex mask worn by Durst when police officers arrested him.

Durst was only charged with killing Berman, しかし、検察官は、彼が法執行機関から隠れている間に彼の妻とテキサスの隣人も殺害したと主張している 2001.

He has admitted to killing his neighbour and dismembering the body but argued self-defence and was acquitted.

After the conviction for killing Ms Berman, Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, called Durst a “narcissistic psychopath” who “killed his wife and … had to keep killing to cover it up.”

そして彼は付け加えた: "彼は 78 年. He’s been walking around for a long time. He had a lot more of a life, ええと, Kathie didn’t make 30. On balance, considering what he’s done, he got a lot more of a life than he was entitled to.”

At the sentencing hearing lawyers for Durst filed a motion for a new trial, which the judge denied. His lawyers said that they intended to appeal but Durst himself rejected an opportunity to speak to the court.

“Susan Berman was an extraordinary human being, I wish I could have known her,” said Judge Windham as he passed sentence.

“I feel I got to know her vicariously, far too late and in terrible circumstances. Killing her was a terrible loss to our community and this is a horrific crime it was a witness killing and the circumstances of that crime was the denial of justice to the McCormack family.

“The killing of Susan Berman closed any chance of vindication. That circumstance is a special circumstance and in this case was a tremendously aggravated and awful, disturbing crime.”

Before the sentencing members of Ms Berman’s family told the court about the impact of her murder.

Sareb Kaufman, her godson, who called Ms Berman his mother, described her death as an “unbelievable disaster.”

“I have not had one day off in 21 years from the absolute destruction, grief and pain that this has caused me,” he told the court.

And he pleaded for Durst to tell the McCormack family where Kathie’s body had been left.

“I ask in Susan’s memory and on behalf of a part of you that doesn’t want to be seen as the monster you are seen as now…let them know where they can find Kathie.”

Prosecutor John Lewin also told the court that Ms Berman had helped Durst cover up the killing of his wife, but that she had not known that it was a murder.

“Susan Berman did not cover up what was described to her as a murder, Bob Durst likely said to her it was some kind of accident, false not true, and Susan Berman loving Bob and trusting Bob decided to help," 彼は言った.

“She made the mistake that many other people in his life did, and that was to trust Bob.”