Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing 70-year-old dad after cut allowance

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Thomas Gilbert Jr. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)
Thomas Gilbert Jr. (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo Images)

A man who was convicted of killing his father for cutting his allowance has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday.

Thomas Gilbert Jnr, a former student at Princeton University in the US, had been receiving $1 000 (about R15 000) a week from his parents when he shot and killed his father in 2015, Buzzfeed News reports.

According to police, Thomas was never able to obtain consistent employment after graduating from university.

His 70-year-old father, Thomas Gilbert Snr, was a wealthy hedge fund manager who had urged his son to become more self-sufficient.

The 30-year-old had spent his allowance on travelling, memberships to elite sporting clubs and other personal expenses.

When his allowance was cut to $300 (about R4 500), Thomas went to his parents’ home in Manhattan, New York and shot his father in the head, PEOPLE reports.

According to The New York Times, after shooting his father, Thomas was on the run from police.

His mother, Shelley Gilbert, had urged the court to give her son a light sentence.

“As I’ve said many times in court, we’ve been trying to get Tommy into a hospital for 15 years,” she said in a statement.

“He’s too sick to be able to judge. He needs to be in a hospital, had he been so my husband would still be alive.”

Shelley is planning on appealing the sentence.

Sources: Buzzfeed News, PEOPLE, The New York Times

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