U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
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April 10, 2015

Grand Jury Returns Indictment Against Robert Durst for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. announced the return of an Indictment today charging ROBERT DURST, age 71, with the crime of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Indictment charges that DURST, on or about March 14, 2015, unlawfully possessed a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, after having previously being convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, to wit: two convictions in 2004, in case number 04-667 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, for, respectively, possessing a firearm while under indictment, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(n), and possessing a firearm while a fugitive from justice, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(2). The potential sentence in this case is a maximum 10 years’ incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons, a fine of $250,000, a maximum of three years of supervised release, and $100 special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Myles Ranier and Michael McMahon are in charge of the prosecution.

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