D.A. Vance Announces Trial Conviction of Thomas Gilbert, Jr. For Fatally Shooting His Father in 2015


June 28, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of THOMAS GILBERT, JR., 34, for fatally shooting his 70-year-old father, Thomas Gilbert, Sr., with a semiautomatic pistol inside his parents’ Midtown Manhattan apartment. A New York State Supreme Court jury found the defendant guilty of Murder in the Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. He is expected to be sentenced on August 9.
 
“A brilliant businessman, passionate tennis player, and beloved family man, Thomas Gilbert, Sr. meant a great deal to all who knew him,” said District Attorney Vance. “But in spite of all his love and generosity, this defendant shot his father at close range in his own apartment in an unconscionable and brutal crime. I thank my office’s prosecutors for their years of dedication to this case and for ensuring a just outcome.”
 
As proven at trial, GILBERT, JR. received a monthly allowance from his parents, which he spent on travel, memberships to elite sporting clubs, and other personal expenses. Beginning in 2014, the defendant’s parents encouraged him to become more self-sufficient and incrementally reduced his monthly allowance. The defendant purchased a .40-caliber Glock handgun, corresponding ammunition, and firearm enhancements from an individual in Clarksburg, Ohio in June 2014.
 
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on January 4, 2015, GILBERT, JR. entered his parents’ apartment located at 20 Beekman Place and shot his father in the head at close-range with the .40-caliber Glock, killing him. He then placed the weapon in his father’s hand to stage the incident as a suicide and fled the apartment. NYPD officers and emergency personnel arrived at the scene minutes later in response to a 911 call from the defendant’s mother.
 
Later that day, investigators executed a search warrant at GILBERT, JR.’s apartment located at 350 West 18th Street and recovered loose .40-caliber ammunition, a .40-caliber Glock magazine loaded with eight rounds, an additional magazine loaded with nine more bullets, an owner’s manual and carrying case for a Glock pistol, and several firearm enhancements, including a speed loader designed for a Glock handgun, a cable lock, and a red dot sight attachment. Two empty shell casings forensically matching the firearm left at the crime scene were also discovered at the defendant’s apartment. The defendant was arrested by detectives from the NYPD’s 17th Precinct that night.
 
Assistant D.A.s Craig Ortner, Deputy Chief of Trial Bureau 60, and Sara Sullivan handled the prosecution of this case with the assistance of Investigative Analyst Holly Burns-LaRiche under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Charles Whitt, Chief of Trial Bureau 60, and Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Assistant D.A. Peter Casolaro, Senior Trial Counsel for Trial Bureau 70; Supervising Rackets Investigators Thomas Lombardo and John D’Alessio; and former Assistant D.A. Craig Ascher also assisted with the case.
 
District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD 17th Precinct Squad and the Manhattan South Homicide Squad for their assistance with the investigation.

 

Defendant Information:
 
THOMAS GILBERT, D.O.B. 7/13/1984
New York, NY
 
Convicted:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts