Thomas Gilbert, Jr. had is apparently going through a severe case of culture shock after entering the notorious Rikers Island jail. The 30-year-old Princeton graduate, described by New York Daily News as a “spoiled manchild” stands accused of shooting his, Thomas Gilbert, Sr., multimillionaire founder and manager of declining hedge fund Wainscott Capital, in the head with a 40-caliber glock 22. He allegedly killed his father for cutting down his $600 per week allowance. Gilbert is clearly used to the high-class life and a little delusional to the realities of incarceration, evidenced by his expectations of yoga classes at Rikers. “He kept asking for yoga,” according to a worker at the jail.. “He thought he was in some resort.”
Though Gilbert was “in a good mood and chatty,” when he was first booked in January, seemingly more relieved than he’d ever been, he was placed in a mental observation unit. He was on suicide watch because authorities didn’t feel he would adapt well to such a drastic change is life. His lawyer says that he has had a long history of mental illness. In his delusion, he asked to exercise incessantly and was seen jogging in place often. He even asked the medical staff to get in contact with his private doctor to fill his prescription for muscle-building steroids. Another Rikers staff member described, “He really thought he was at this upscale rehab. It was probably never going through his head that he’s probably never going home.”
After the specialized unit he was in was disbanded (one of many instances of vast reform at Rikers), Gilbert was tossed out into general population. Inmates were thrown off by this yuppie going so hard to socialize with them. He has reportedly been in numerous fights after brodying food off of other inmates’ trays.
This is not Gilbert’s first encounter with the justice system. While at Princeton, he was charged with drug possession and third-degree assault. He is due in court again on September 10th. He is currently under court-ordered mental evaluation.