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Members of the jury in a Princeton University graduate, a pilot, say, a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find him guilty.
Thomas Gilbert Jr., 34, faces a possible life sentence after a jury convicted him on Friday of killing his father, after he cut his son’s weekly allowance is $1,000.
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Members of the jury in a Princeton University graduate, a pilot, who fatally shot a 70-year-old father over a cut-off of supply, for example, a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find him guilty.
The judges were split, or Gilbert, you can be found guilty, with one side suggesting that he should be found not guilty by reason of mental defect, the New York Post reported.
“There was a lot of emotion, one side will simply shout,’ He’s guilty! He was found guilty on. the other hand, it was like, ‘He’s not, he’s sick,'” juror no. 11, and Steven David Torres, told the newspaper.
But Gilbert, at the request of his mother to go out and get him a can of coke on the night of the murder, in 2015, is making a breakthrough in the deadlock between the members of the jury.
“The can of cola: it was a real ‘ah-ha’ moment.”
— juror no. 11, and Steven David Torres.
“The can of cola: it was a real ‘ah-ha’ moment,” Torres said.
When Gilbert’s mother, testified in court that the son knew that they would never be held on the liquor in the house.
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Another juror pointed out to the others that Gilbert had deliberately asked for a drink, leaving his mother to leave the house, and he was shooting his hedge fund millionaire father.
“It was like a lightbulb moment for me,” juror no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion, told the Post.
“It was like a lightbulb moment for me.”
— member of the jury no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion
The plaintiffs argued that Gilbert had been living in a luxurious lifestyle of golf, surf and travel, all paid for by his parents.
“The suspect refused to work hard, instead of, do you prefer an easy life handed to him on a silver platter,” Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner said in his closing argument earlier this week, according to the newspaper.
Beginning in 2014, the father began reducing the weekly payments made by the hundreds and hundreds of dollars at a time, in the hope that it will inspire the son to be more self-reliant. After another reduction in Dec. 4, 2015, and the son shot his father in the head, in the father’s apartment in New York City, prosecutors said.
After the murder, and of the son, put the gun in his dead father’s hand, to make it seem like a suicide, prosecutors said.
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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, prosecutors said.
A jury convicted Gilbert, Jr. in the second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Sentencing has been scheduled for the month of August. 9, authorities said.
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio, contributed to this report.