American tycoon sentenced to life in prison for killing best friend

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The American Real Estate Tycoon Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in a Los Angeles court on Thursday (14) for the murder of his best friend.

Durst, an American billionaire who was the subject of the explosive HBO documentary “The Jinx”, has always denied shooting Susan Berman in the back of the head in 2000 at the writer’s Beverly Hills home to prevent her from going to the police and testifying about her disappearance. wife of the tycoon.

But a jury found him guilty in September, after more than a year of a trial halted by the pandemic.

“This crime was against a witness to a murder,” Judge Mark Windham said before delivering the sentence in a crowded auditorium. “This special circumstance tremendously exacerbates this horrible crime,” he added.

Windham rejected the defense’s request for a retrial. “There is enough, in fact, overwhelming evidence of guilt,” he assured.

The judge also heard from Berman’s relatives.