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Man Who Killed Dad After Allowance Cut Is Sentenced

Thomas Gilbert Jr gets life in prison
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2019 12:30 PM CDT
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In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, hedge fund founder Thomas Gilbert Sr., poses for a photo at the annual Hedge Fund Association Conference in New York. Gilbert's son, Thomas Gilbert Jr., was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for shooting Gilbert in 2015 after the young man's allowance was slashed.   (AP Photo/Kevin Kane, File)
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(Newser) – The trial that shocked New York's high society is over—and Thomas Gilbert Jr, accused of murdering his father over an allowance cut, got life in prison. Judge Melissa Jackson acknowledged the defendant's "mental issues" Friday but saw no excuse for shooting his 70-year-old father in the head in 2015, the New York Post reports. "You knew exactly what you were doing," she said, per the New York Times. "You were not insane at the time you killed your father. You were not insane then. You are not insane now." Police said Gilbert murdered his dad, a Manhattan hedge fund manager, the same day Gilbert's allowance was cut from $1,000 to $300.

A Princeton graduate who never got a stable job, the 35-year-old rambled in court, shouted "Objection!" and referred to himself as "the defendant" when speaking. "Defendant has no criminal record, strong family ties and good behavior while incarcerated," he said before sentencing. "Defendant expresses remorse." His mother told the judge her son was "struck by schizophrenia" and needed psychiatric help. A psychologist and three psychiatrists testified that Gilbert's mental-health issues had become grave. But Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner saw rational intent: "I don't know and I don't think we'll ever know if he gave Thomas Gilbert Sr. a chance to beg for his life," he said, per the Daily News. "This was a cold, calculated murder committed by a 30-year-old man." (Read more murder stories.)

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