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Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a criminal courtroom for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family, in New York December 10, 2014.
REUTERS/Mike Segar

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plea agreement for real estate heir Robert Durst
 to serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the sentence during a hearing in New Orleans on Wednesday. The 72-year-old Durst
 had accepted the sentence as part of his guilty plea in February and was waiting for judicial approval. Engelhardt also fined Durst
 $5,000 and said that his sentence, once served, would be followed by three years of supervised release.

Ten years and a $250,000 fine would have been the maximum sentence that Durst
 could have faced for illegally carrying a .38-caliber revolver after being convicted of a felony.

 still faces a separate murder charge in California. Durst
 is charged in Los Angeles with killing a female friend, Susan Berman, in 2000 to keep her from talking to New York prosecutors about the disappearance of Durst's
 first penny makin wife in 1982.

His attorneys have said repeatedly that he is innocent, does not know who killed Berman, and wants to prove it.

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