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Princeton grad, 34, faces life in prison, convicted for the killing of his father, who cut off his pocket money

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A Princeton University graduate, faces a possible life in prison after being convicted Friday in the fatal shooting of a 70-year-old father.

Thomas Gilbert Jr., 34, was a 30-year-old, when he was angry at his father, who was in New York city, authorities had said, cut to the son’s weekly allowance of up to $1,000.

The son had been living in a luxurious lifestyle of golf, surf and travel, all paid for by his parents, prosecutors said.

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“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 New York Post.

“The suspect refused to work hard, instead of, do you prefer an easy life handed to him on a silver platter.”

— Craig Ortner, assistant district attorney

Thomas Gilbert Jr., right, appears in Manhattan criminal court on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Getty Images)

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.

“A brilliant man, a passionate tennis player, and a beloved family man, Thomas Gilbert, Sr. it was very important to everyone who knew him,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance said in a statement. “But in spite of all his love and generosity, this defendant shot his father, close to his own apartment, in a brutal and cruel crime.”

Prior to the killing of the son, and bought a Glock handgun, and websites, including Hire-a-Killer.com and Find-a-Hitman.com CNN reported it.

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.

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