Charlie Tan admits to killing his father in attempt to vacate sentence

Updated: November 20, 2019 07:29 AM
Created: November 20, 2019 07:21 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Pittsford man has admitted to shooting and killing his father. 

Charlie Tan, who was sentenced to 20 years for federal gun charges, made the admission in an attempt to vacant his current sentence.


"I entered my parents' home through the back door, walked upstairs, turned into my father's office and shot my father three times as he was sitting at his desk," Tan wrote in an affidavit filed in federal court Friday. "I knew I had killed him."

His father, Jim Tan, was found dead in their Pittsford home back in February 2015. 

After a jury failed to reach a verdict, the judge tossed out the murder charge. Then in 2017, Tan was charged for illegally buying a gun to be used in a crime. He pleaded guilty to the federal gun charges in June 2018 but did not admit to killing his father.

He said he didn't admit to shooting him during his murder trial based on advice from his attorneys at the time. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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