Princeton graduate got 30 years to life for murdering father after his allowance was cut


Princeton graduate got 30 years to life for murdering father after his allowance was cut

  • Thomas Gilbert Jr., the Princeton graduate who killed his father after his allowance was decreased, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for the crime. 
  • A jury rejected an insanity defense as a judge in the Manhattan court handed down a sentence of life in prison with a possibility of parole after 30 years, which the New York Times noted is the maximum penalty allowed under the law.

  • Shelley Gilbert asked the judge for "as light a sentence as possible" so her son could receive treatment for a variety of his mental health struggles. 
  • However, the judge rejected Gilberts' insanity defense, telling him that he "knew exactly what you were doing." 
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Thomas Gilbert Jr., the Princeton graduate who killed his father over a decrease in his allowance, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for the crime, according to multiple reports. 

A jury rejected an insanity defense put forth by Gilbert and his family as a judge in the Manhattan court handed down a sentence of life in prison with a possibility of parole after 30 years, which the New York Times noted is the maximum penalty allowed under the law.

Gilbert was sentenced on September 27, nearly three months after he was convicted in Manhattan, and was ultimately found guilty of murder in the second degree and two counts of criminal weapon possession.

The then-29-year-old hedge-fund heir shot his 70-year-old father in the head in 2015 after being cut off from most of his $1,000 weekly allowance. Throughout weeks of trial proceedings, prosecutors insisted the murder followed a petty dispute over Gilbert's allowance.

A former girlfriend told the court before Gilbert was convicted that she recalled the heir becoming "scared" and "upset" when he discovered his father would reduce his allowance to just $300 per week.

"He was concerned about getting cut off financially," Ressner said, the New York Times reported in June.

However, Gilbert's mother repeatedly insisted that her son was at an unprecedented low in mental illness when he shot his father, and asked the judge ahead of the sentencing for a lenient timeline. 

CNN reported that Shelley Gilbert said that she wanted her son "to be given as light a sentence as possible."

"As I've said many times in court, we've been trying to get Tommy into a hospital for 15 years," she reportedly said. "He's too sick to be able to judge. He needs to be in a hospital, had he been so my husband would still be alive."

However, the Times reported that Justice Melissa Jackson rejected the characterization, telling Gilbert that he "knew exactly what you were doing." 

"You were not insane at the time you killed your father," she said, according to the Times. "You were not insane then. You are not insane now." 

Throughout the trial, Gilbert's lawyers painted the picture of a troubled person who had been diagnosed with severe compulsive disorder, depressive disorder, paranoid disorder, and psychosis.

His lifelong place among New York high society also came into play during the proceedings, as emails and internet records depict his mental health and financial status crumbling amid a paid-for Manhattan apartment and memberships at exclusive health and social clubs. 

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Meghan Markle is seen in public wearing a headscarf for the first time


Meghan Markle is seen in public wearing a headscarf for the first time


The Duchess of Sussex today donned a headscarf as she joined her husband at South Africa's first and oldest mosque. 
To mark Heritage Day, a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on September 24 when the nation recognises its culture, diversity and traditions, the Duke and Duchess paid a visit to the Auwal Mosque in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, where they met faith leaders before going on a walkabout in the district.  
Meghan had changed out of her casual clothes and covered her head with a scarf and wore a long gown that swept the floor. Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside. 
The couple were met by Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald and will meet with a group of faith leaders, including a representative of the Church of England, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth leaders, as well as students who participated in the London-Cape Town interfaith exchange.
Built in 1794 during the British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope, the Auwal Mosque is the first and oldest mosque in South Africa. 
This morning the couple heaped praised on each other's parenting skills as they labelled one another 'the best mum' and 'the best dad'.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Auwal Mosque, the first and oldest mosque in South Africa
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Auwal Mosque, the first and oldest mosque in South Africa
Once inside the mosque, the Duchess did not hesitate to help another woman with her headscarf
Once inside the mosque, the Duchess did not hesitate to help another woman with her headscarf 
Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside the oldest mosque in South Africa
Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside the oldest mosque in South Africa
Meghan had changed out of her casual clothes and covered her head with a scarf and wore a long gown that swept the floor. Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside
Meghan had changed out of her casual clothes and covered her head with a scarf and wore a long gown that swept the floor. Prince Harry also stopped to take his shoes off before heading inside
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, resplendent in a headscarf, is pictured arriving at Auwal Mosque in Cape Town along with her husband Prince Harry this afternoon
The couple were met by a group of faith leaders, including a representative of the Church of England, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth leaders, as well as students who participated in the London-Cape Town interfaith exchange
The couple were met by a group of faith leaders, including a representative of the Church of England, the Chief Rabbi and Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth leaders, as well as students who participated in the London-Cape Town interfaith exchange
The Duchess of Sussex playfully chatted to youngsters in the mosque as Harry listened in
The Duchess of Sussex playfully chatted to youngsters in the mosque as Harry listened in 
The pair listened to talks about the history of the mosque, which came into existence in 1794 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious institution during the years 1804 until 1850
The pair listened to talks about the history of the mosque, which came into existence in 1794 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious institution during the years 1804 until 1850
The Auwal Masjid is a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship
The Auwal Masjid is a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship
The couple were met by Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald
The couple were met by Imam Sheikh Ismail Londt and Muslim community leader, Mohamed Groenwald
Upon leaving the mosque, the Duke and Duchess walked through the colourful and multicultural neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap on Heritage Day
Upon leaving the mosque, the Duke and Duchess walked through the colourful and multicultural neighbourhood of Bo-Kaap on Heritage Day
The Duchess of Sussex meets an excited young wellwisher as she was gifted flowers, cards and presents The Duchess of Sussex meets an excited young wellwisher as she was gifted flowers, cards and presents
The Duchess of Sussex meets an excited young wellwisher as she was gifted flowers, cards and presents 
This morning the couple visited Monwabisi Beach on the outskirts of Cape Town, to learn about the work of Waves For Change, which helps vulnerable children from township and challenging communities through the power of surfing. 
They also heard about the Lunchbox Fund, one of four charities to benefit from public donations made following the birth of their son Archie, who has joined his parents in South Africa for his first official royal tour. 

Royal couple visit the first and oldest mosque in South Africa

The Auwal Masjid is the first and oldest mosque built in South Africa. 
Leaders at the mosque say this is backed by evidence within 'very strong oral tradition' which confirms that Imam Abdullah Kadi Abdus Salaam, also known as Tuan Guru, was the first Imam at the Masjid. 
The Auwal Masjid came into existence in 1794 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious institution during the years 1804 until 1850. 
It is also the first to have practiced most of the Cape Muslim traditions.
The Auwal Masjid is a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship. 
The mosque was built on land belonging to the freed slave Coridon van Ceylon.
The Duchess swerved royal protocol as she shared hugs and jokes with youngsters before the couple were asked to declare their personal strengths during a 'power hand' bonding exercise - but Harry cheekily ducked the task and invited his wife to share instead. 
Meghan, 38, looked bashful as she tried to think of something and laughed as she said dancing as not her strong point, but suggested parenting was a new strength that she and Harry, 35, were 'learning and developing'. 
Turning to her husband, she declared him 'the best dad', while Harry - who smiled and looked his wife in the eye with a loving 'ahhh' - called her 'the best mum' before they shared a tender kiss in front of the crowd. 
They left in separate cars as new mother Meghan went back to the High Commissioner's residence to look after four-month-old baby Archie while Harry travelled on a South African Maritime Police Unit RIB to Kalk Bay Harbour.
The couple had travelled to the picturesque beach setting to learn how surf mentors are helping youngsters in need.
They copied the young surf mentors as they took part in an 'energising' 'Hey Joe' game, involving finger clicking and chanting.
And there was even time for a little meditation, which Meghan - who has long been a proponent of daily mindfulness, as has Harry - took part in particularly enthusiastically closing her eyes and clasping her fingers.
Harry later visited Kalk Bay Harbour, to learn about their work combating the poaching of abalone, a type of sea snail that is at critically low levels, as a plate of the marine delicacy is worth more than its weight in gold - £420 a plate - to Chinese diners. 
Asked what was the most pressing global issue when it came to dealing with the stigma around mental health, Meghan replied: 'It's just getting people to talk about it and talk to each other, right?
'And you see that no matter where you are in the world, if you're a small community or a Township, if you're in a big city - it's that everyone is dealing with a different version of the same thing.
'Globally I think there's a bit of a consciousness crisis, and so the fact we're able to be here together to see on the ground so much good work that's being done, just because people are willing to talk to each other about it and someone's willing to listen is huge.
'And that can apply to being here, certainly can apply to being in London, LA - doesn't matter where you are, we're all sort of trying to power through and find some optimism.'
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Five incredible reasons Chelsea fans are convinced N’Golo Kante can’t be human and is actually a robot


Five incredible reasons Chelsea fans are convinced N’Golo Kante can’t be human and is actually a robot

IT IS a favoured joke football fans have been using for the past four years:
Seventy per cent of the Earth is covered with water and the rest by N'Golo Kante.  N'Golo Kante's rise to one of the best in the world hasn't been human

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N'Golo Kante's rise to one of the best in the world hasn't been human
The midfielder made history by winning back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester and Chelsea, before lifting the 2018 World Cup with France.
But Blues fans on Reddit are convinced that the 28-year-old's rapid rise to success can be explained because he is a product of Artificial Intelligence.

N’Golo Kante doesn’t celebrate

The supporter starts by writing: "Kante has scored 15 league goals in his career. Upon analysing these goals, it is clearly evident that he doesn’t celebrate.
"N’Golo Kante is programmed to run back as soon as he can to his half to prepare for the opposition kick-off.
"Kante has scored against Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham, in which are Chelsea’s rivals. Some goals scored against these teams are high-quality finishes in which a striker could dream of scoring.
"Kante doesn’t have any emotion when celebrating and immediately tries to get back as soon as he can, no time-wasting, to carry on playing football.
"This alone shows he is a product of AI as he may not have been programmed to celebrate."
Kante's lack of celebrations have also been noted by the French national team, with Steven N'Zonzi revealing that he was "too shy" to hold the World Cup.

N’Golo Kante is extremely fit

The France international is renowned for his tireless work on the pitch, with manager Frank Lampard staggered by the ground he covered despite minimal training in the Super Cup last month.
And the Reddit fan added: "Kante is clearly the fittest player in the Premier League, and arguably in the world.
"His French team mate Pogba has even been quoted as saying “N’Golo Kante has 15 Lungs”.
"Kante covers the most ground ahead of his team mates and doesn’t appear to tire out even when playing in extra time."

N’Golo Kante has an extremely private life

The Chelsea man once proved he is football’s Mr. Nice Guy after he accepted a fan’s dinner invite - where they cooked him a curry, chatted, played Fifa and watched Match of the Day - starring Kante himself.
And earlier this month, SunSport exclusively revealed that he was the guest of honour at the wedding of a Blues supporters wedding.
And the third point online was: "Kante has not been pictured with members of his family or any potential spouse. As soon as Kante has finished training or a game, he heads home and disappears until training or a match.
"As footballers clearly love the limelight and fame their career provides, as Kante may be a product of AI he isn’t programmed to enjoy fame."
Unfortuntately for robot fans, the humble star was pictured enjoying Leicester's title-winning triumph with his beaming family members.
N'Golo Kante helped Leicester to their historic title triumph in 2016

N’Golo Kante wanted to run to training

Jamie Vardy famously revealed Leicester's squad once had to convince Kante that he should drive to training, with the Frenchman convinced he could just run.
And one Chelsea fan said this was proof of artificial programming by saying: "Why would a machine use another machine to get somewhere when he can just use his infinite fitness and speed?
"Obviously his AI doesn’t see the logic in that."
While Kante's team-mates roll-up in luxury cars, Kante turns up in the second-hand Mini Cooper he bought when he joined Leicester three years ago.
Last year he collided with a lorry but still drove the patched-up Saloon into training.
Kante himself said of his modest motoring habits: "I’ve never been someone who loves a car and when I was young I didn’t have the ambition of a car or something like that."

N'Golo Kante's injuries are scheduled upgrades

Lampard claimed at the start of the season that Kante's four years of playing continuously are starting to take their toll.
He had an injection in his knee to allow him to play in last season's Europa League final and spent much of pre-season in rehab as a result.
Kante has since suffered with an ankle problem during his campaign but returned for the defeat against Liverpool, where he scored Chelsea's only goal.
And fans are convinced that this proves that his recent injury woes are more to do with scheulded maintaince:
"He was scheduled for an upgrade recently, that's why he was missing for the start of our season.
"He came back, rejoined the team, received the ball in midfield, his new updated AI processor told him that there wasn't a meaningful pass, so he dribbled into the box and shot, and scored against Liverpool
"Try convincing me that was a human playing. I won't believe you!"
 SOURCE :N'Golo Kante the world's most loveable footballer
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