Princeton degree, 34, facing life behind bars, convicted of killing father who cut off his allowance
A princeton college student faces a possible death penalty after being convicted Friday in the 70-year-old fatal accident.
Thomas Gilbert Jr., now 34, was 30 years old when he became angry with his father, as the New York authorities said, had made cuts to their weekly weekly allowance of as much as $ 1,000.
The son had lived a lavish lifestyle with golf, surfing and traveling – all paid for by his parents, accused prosecutors. 19659003] THE NEW JERSEY WOMAN HAS CROWDED IDENTIAL TWIN SISTER OF A LOVE TRIANGLE: RAPPORT
"The defendant rejected hard work instead of preferring a light life handed to him at a silver platter "Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner said in his closing argument earlier this week, according to the New York Post.
"The defendant rejected hard work, instead preferring a light life handed to him on a silver platter."
Thomas Gilbert Jr., right displayed in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday, January 9, 2015 (Getty Images)
Beginning in 2014, his father began to reduce weekly payments by hundreds of dollars at a time – hoping to inspire his son to become more self-sufficient. After making another reduction on January 4, 2015, his son shot his father in the head of his father's New York City apartment, prosecutors said.
"A brilliant businessman, a passionate tennis player and beloved family, Thomas Gilbert Sr. meant a lot to anyone who knew him," said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R, Vance in a statement. "But in spite of all his love and generosity, this defendant shot his father up close in his own apartment in an irreconcilable and brutal crime."
Before the kitten, his son bought a Glock gun and visited websites, including rent -a-Killer.com and Find-a-Hitman.com, CNN reported.
After the murder, his son placed the gun in his dead father's hand to make it a suicide, accused prosecutors.
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The son fled the apartment, but his mother was home and called the police just minutes after the shooting. The son was arrested later that night, accused prosecutors.
A jury judged Gilbert Jr. on second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Custody is scheduled for August 9, the authorities say.