The 78-year-old actual property inheritor was discovered responsible final month of taking pictures Ms Berman, 55, behind the pinnacle in December 2000.
A jury additionally discovered him responsible of the particular circumstances of mendacity in wait and killing a witness, which in California carried the obligatory life sentence with out the opportunity of early launch.
Prosecutors advised his trial that Durst killed Ms Berman as a result of she knew an excessive amount of in regards to the 1982 disappearance of his spouse, Kathleen McCormack Durst.
Ms Durst’s physique has by no means been discovered after she disappeared in New York in 1982 and he has by no means been charged in connection together with her dying.
The court docket was advised that Ms Berman had supplied a false alibi for Durst in1982 and that he feared she would reveal that to authorities.
Superior Courtroom Decide Mark Windham, who presided over the trial, sentenced Durst in Los Angeles County on Thursday.
Durst, who appeared at his sentencing in jail uniform, testified in his personal defence for 15 days, with prosecutors telling the jury that he had lied or modified his story a number of instances.
The was held six years after the actor appeared on the HBO documentary sequence The Jinx, the place he appeared to admit to a number of killings.
Throughout filming the present, Mr Durst was caught on a stay microphone muttering to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed all of them, after all.”
Andrew Jarecki, the filmmaker behind The Jinx, was current in court docket for Durst’s sentencing.
He was arrested in Louisiana the day earlier than the present’s last episode was set to air, and had with him money, a gun and a map of Cuba.
He denied killing Berman however has admitted he found her physique and did not report it as he felt no person would imagine he had not killed her.
Deputy District Lawyer Habib Balian advised the trial that Durst had advised a “fantastical story” to deflect from his guilt within the case.
“This was an Olympic 12 months. If there was an occasion for working from the reality, he’d be on the highest of the rostrum,” he stated.
In the course of the trial jurors had been proven a lates masks worn by Durst when law enforcement officials arrested him.
Mr Durst is simply charged with killing Berman, however prosecutors allege he additionally murdered his spouse and a Texas neighbour whereas hiding from legislation enforcement in 2001.
Mr Durst has admitted to killing his neighbour and dismembering the physique however argued self-defence and was acquitted.
After the conviction, Deputy District Lawyer John Lewin, known as Durst a “narcissistic psychopath” who “killed his spouse and … needed to hold killing to cowl it up.”
And he added: “He’s 78 years outdated. He’s been strolling round for a very long time. He had much more of a life, you understand, Kathie didn’t make 30. On stability, contemplating what he’s carried out, he received much more of a life than he was entitled to.”
On the sentencing listening to attorneys for Mr Durst filed a movement for a brand new trial, which the choose denied.
Mr Durst’s attorneys stated that they supposed to enchantment however Durst himself rejected a chance to talk to the court docket.
“SB was a unprecedented human being, I want I may have identified her,” stated Decide Windham as he handed sentence.
“I really feel I received to know her vicariously far too late and in horrible circumstances. Killing her was a horrible loss to our neighborhood and it is a horrific crime it was a witness killing and the circumstances of that crime was the denial of justice to the McCormack household.
“The killing of sb closed any change of vindication. That circumstance is a particular circumstance and on this case was a tremendously aggravated and terrible, disturbing crime.”
Earlier than the sentencing members of Ms Berman’s advised the court docket in regards to the impression of her homicide.
Sareb Kaufman, her godson, who known as her his mom, known as Ms Berman’s dying an “unbelievable catastrophe.”
“I’ve not had someday off in 21 years from absolutely the destruction, grief and ache that this has triggered me,” he advised the court docket.
And he pleaded for Durst to inform the McCormack household the place Kathie’s physique had been left.
“I ask in Susan’s reminiscence and on behalf of part of you that doesn’t wish to be seen because the monster you’re seen as now…allow them to know the place they will discover Kathie.”
Prosecutor John Lewin additionally advised the court docket that Ms Berman had helped Durst cowl up the killing of his spouse, however that she had not identified that it was a homicide.
“Susan Berman didn’t cowl up what was described to her as a homicide, Bob Durst seemingly stated to her it was some type of accident, false not true, and Susan Berman loving Bob and trusting Bob determined to assist,” he stated.
“She made the error that many different individuals in his life did, and that was to belief Bob.”