February 3, 2016 12:09 PM EST

Robert Durst has pleaded guilty in a New Orleans court to possession of a firearm by a felon, striking a plea deal that carries a sentence of 85 months, or seven years.

A .38-caliber revolver was found in Durst’s possession when he was arrested in New Orleans in March on suspicion of the murder of his friend Susan Berman in 2000, the New York Times reports. Now that the gun charge has been resolved, Durst can be transferred to Los Angeles for arraignment on murder charges. Prosecutors say Durst killed Berman in order to cover up what Berman may have known about the disappearance of his wife, Kathie, in 1982.

As part of the deal, the L.A. prosecutors must arraign Durst by Aug. 18; his defense lawyers are eager for that to take place so they will gain their right to discovery to find out what evidence the prosecutors have against Durst.

Durst was the subject of the popular HBO miniseries The Jinx last year, which examines the series of crimes he’s been connected with.


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