- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the prosecution in Louisiana of property heir Robert Durst (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

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.

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10 a.m.

Robert Durst will be heading from Louisiana to California soon to face a murder charge in connection with the death of a friend in 2000.

Attorneys said Durst would be in Los Angeles by mid-August. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael McMahon said it is likely Durst would arrive in California well before that.

A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plea agreement for Durst to serve about 7 years on a weapons charge.

The New York property heir has steadfastly insisted that he is innocent in the death of Susan Berman. Prosecutors say Durst killed Berman to keep her from talking to prosecutors about the disappearance of Durst’s first wife in 1982.

Durst’s wealthy family runs 1 World Trade Center. He was tracked to New Orleans in March 2015 by FBI agents worried that he was about to flee to Cuba.

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9:15 a.m.

A federal judge in New Orleans has approved a plea agreement for real estate heir Robert Durst to serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge.

Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the sentence Wednesday. The 72-year-old Durst agreed to the sentence as part of a guilty plea in February.

Durst still faces a separate murder charge in California. He is accused of killing a female friend in 2000 to keep her from talking to prosecutors about the disappearance of Durst’s first wife in 1982. Durst has steadfastly maintained his innocence.

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Real estate heir Robert Durst will soon learn whether a federal judge accepts a 7-year-and-one-month sentence on a weapons charge that’s kept him in Louisiana pending a murder trial in California.

Judge Kurt Engelhardt will say Wednesday whether he approves that sentence, which the 72-year-old Durst accepted as part of his guilty plea in February.

He’s charged in California with killing his friend Susan Berman in 2000. His attorneys have said repeatedly that Durst is innocent, doesn’t know who killed Berman, and wants to prove it.

The most recent such statement was in a motion Monday asking U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt to recommend that Durst serve his time at Terminal Island, California, about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, where Durst faces trial in Berman’s death.

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