D.A. Vance: Thomas Gilbert, Jr. Sentenced to 30 Years-to-Life in Prison for Fatally Shooting His Father

September 27, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of THOMAS GILBERT, JR., 35, to 30 years-to-life in prison for fatally shooting his 70-year-old father, Thomas Gilbert, Sr. inside his parents’ Midtown Manhattan apartment. On June 28, 2019, 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.

“Thomas Gilbert, Sr. was a beloved member of his family and business community when his own son murdered him in a cold-blooded killing,” said District Attorney Vance. “But now, thanks to my office’s prosecutors, the defendant has finally been held accountable and he will serve a life sentence for this unconscionable crime. While nothing can undo the tragedy of Mr. Gilbert’s death, I hope that the resolution of this case helps his loved ones as they continue to heal from this devastating loss.”

The press release from his trial conviction is available here.

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


  • 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


  • 30 years-to-life in prison