The millionaire has been charged with a felony for owning a gun after a conviction

By Steve Helling
April 15, 2015 11:40 AM
Reuters/Landov

Robert Durst says he’s innocent.

The jailed real estate heir has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of possessing a firearm after a felony conviction.

Durst, the subject of the recent HBO docuseries The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, is being held without bond in the medical ward of a Louisiana prison. Authorities claim that he’s a suicide risk.

The FBI arrested Durst in March for the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman. When they found him in a New Orleans Marriott, authorities say, he had a .38 revolver and marijuana in his hotel room.

Authorities say that the 72-year-old Durst is a convicted felon who is not allowed to carry a gun. In 2003, he served a nine-month sentence after pleading guilty to two gun charges.

If he’s convicted of the federal charges, Durst faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

But even if Durst beats the federal gun charges, his legal woes are far from over.

In addition to his murder charges in California, Durst also faces two state weapons charges in Louisiana.

While authorities in several jurisdictions hash out their next move, Durst’s legal team is planning his legal strategy. His lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, says his client maintains his innocence. “No plea agreement is in the works,” DeGuerin tells The Los Angeles Times. “We’re making progress.”

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