The 78-year-old real estate heir was convicted in September of killing Berman, who was found dead in her home in December 2000. Durst has been accused of killing Berman so that she would not speak to authorities regarding the 1982 disappearance of his first wife Kathie McCormack Durst, whose body has never been discovered.
Durst was convicted of a special circumstances murder, meaning that he could only be sentenced to life in prison without parole or receive the death penalty. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office did not pursue the death penalty for Durst. Durst’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, filed a motion for a new trial, which was denied by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham.
Berman’s body was found after authorities were alerted to