Crime & Justice

Robert Durst eyes Los Angeles-area prison

File: In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 photo, Robert Durst is escorted into Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans.
File: In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 photo, Robert Durst is escorted into Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans.
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Robert Durst is asking a federal judge to recommend a Los Angeles-area prison when he's sentenced on the weapons charge that's kept him in Louisiana pending his trial on a California murder charge.

Sentencing is scheduled Wednesday for the 72-year-old real estate heir, arrested last year in New Orleans.

In a Monday court filing, Durst's lawyers say Durst is ill, and that California's Terminal Island prison has the sort of medical facilities he needs. And, they note, it's near Los Angeles, where Durst faces trial in the 2000 death of his friend Susan Berman.

Durst pleaded guilty to the weapons charge in February, accepting an 85-month prison sentence. Judge Kurt Englehardt said he'd decide whether to accept that agreement after reading a pre-sentencing report that has not been made public.