Thomas Gilbert Jr., the spoiled Princeton graduate who murdered his father because his allowance was lowered, was sentenced to 30 years behind bars in New York City on Friday.
The 34-year-old shot his father, Thomas Gilbert Sr., in their Upper East Side Home in 2015 after fighting with him for threatening to lower his allowance.
Gilbert Jr. had tried not to plead guilty by insanity, but it was rejected by the court because he had sent his mother, Shelley, to get him a Coca Cola and a sandwich before he opened fire on his father.
The extra effort he was going to make to get her out of the way turned out to be pre-meditation. Shelley appealed to the court on Friday.
She said he was a & # 39; good boy & # 39; was suffering from mental health problems.
She asked the judge for leniency and asked for a prison sentence nearby so that she could visit him.
Gilbert Jr. his father, Thomas Sr., shot into the head of his Upper East Side Home.
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Thomas Gilbert Jr. arrives in Manhattan on Friday to be convicted of killing his father in 2015. He was imprisoned for 30 years in life
Gilbert Jr., now 34, shot his father, Thomas Sr., 70, in his parents' house on the Upper East Side in 2015 after being told that his allowance was reduced again
He then organized the scene to make it look like a suicide.
Gilbert Jr. was at the time of the murder. 30, lived from his parents and spent most of his time surfing
He claimed that it was a moment of insanity and that he was in the middle of a psychotic break. Prosecutors said it was nothing of that nature.
& # 39; The suspect instead rejected hard work and preferred an easy life that was handed to him on a silver platter &, "the prosecutors said during the trial."
Thomas Sr. his son had gradually reduced his allowance of $ 1,000 a week, he said, and on the day he died, he told him that the help was over for good.
He had just reduced it from $ 400 to $ 300.
& # 39; The free ride came to an end & # 39 ;, Ortner said and added: & # 39; It was not a symptom of psychosis, it was a symptom of justice. & # 39;
Gilbert Sr. had recently established a hedge fund, but had been rejected for a $ 1.5 million loan to finance it.
Until that time Thomas Jr. had lived richly from his parents and traveled around the world with their money.
They paid his memberships for exclusive clubs in the city and the Hamptons, paid his rent for his apartment in Chelsea, his Jeep and all the parking tickets he had with it.
The defense claimed that he could not keep a job because he was schizophrenic and that his parents therefore supported him.
The Princeton graduate is pictured on Friday arriving in court to be sentenced
Shelley Gilbert, Thomas' mother, is depicted at the court. She asked the judge to show her son leniency and said she wanted him to be caught somewhere in prison close to where she lives
His mother Shelley testified before the defense and said he was mentally ill.
Gilbert Jr. in 2014, a year before the murder
& # 39; Tommy was much sicker than we ever really knew, & # 39; she said earlier this year.
It was Shelley who called 911.
In her recorded call, she told the operator when she was asked who shot her husband: & My son. He's crazy, but I didn't know he was that crazy.
& # 39; He shot him in the head. & # 39;
Gilbert Jr. used a 40-caliber Glock, which he had driven to Ohio to buy to commit the murder.
Previously, he had researched websites such as & # 39; hireakiller.com & # 39; and & # 39; hitman.com & # 39 ;.
The old roommate of Gilbert Jr. testified during the trial that he & # 39; several times & # 39; had tried to kill him.
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