Thomas Gilbert Jr. who confessed to shooting his father to death after his hedge fund manager father cut his monthly allowance by $200, may still inherit a third of his father’s $1.6 million estate. All his lawyer has to do is to prove that the murder was “reckless” rather than pre-meditated. Gilbert could also inherit, along with his mother and his sister, if he is found insane.
It might be a challenge to prove the crime wasn’t pre-meditated when he sent his 70 year old mother out to buy a sandwich so he could shoot his father. In addition, Gilbert tried to make it look like a suicide before the mother discovered what happened by placing the gun beside his father.
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Thomas Gilbert Jr, now 30, had a cushy life as a socialite, gym rat and layabout. Although he had an economics degree from Princeton, he had little desire to look for employment, but spent his time at lavish parties with the well-heeled. Friends said, according to the Daily Mail, he had an obsessive compulsive disorder, which had become worse with time, and he often said his father, who founded Wainscott Capital Partners, was stingy and demanding.
This isn’t the first time Gilbert was suspected of criminal behavior. He was the main suspect in a blaze that destroyed a mansion in the Hamptons. The owner was a romantic rival of Gilbert’s, and he suspected Peter Smith of having an affair with his girlfriend. Gilbert was arrested for violating a protective order taken out by Smith, but was released on bail, with no charges brought.