Real estate heir Robert Durst gets seven years in prison for gun crime
This March 14, 2015 booking photo released by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in New Orleans, Louisiana shows murder suspect Robert Durst (AFP)

A New Orleans judge on Wednesday sentenced real estate scion Robert Durst to seven years in prison for a federal gun crime and agreed to recommend that he serve his time in a California prison.

Durst, 73, faces a murder charge in California for a friend's 2000 death. Lawyers for Durst, who pleaded guilty to the gun charge in New Orleans in February, have said he did not kill writer Susan Berman.

Durst has been held in Louisiana since his March 2015 arrest on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm after a search of his New Orleans hotel room turned up a handgun.

His arrest came one day before the series finale of an HBO documentary entitled, "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," which chronicled several police investigations of the multimillionaire whose family is known for its significant New York real estate holdings.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the terms of a plea agreement calling for an 85-month prison stint, followed by three years of supervised release. He also agreed to recommend that Durst serve his time in a prison in San Pedro, California, which Durst's attorneys said can care for his medical needs.

(Editing by Paul Simao and Alistair Bell)