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Charlie Tan in remorseful letter to judge: 'I had to protect her'

November 01, 2018 06:03 PM

Defense attorneys for Charlie Tan are making their case ahead of his sentencing on federal gun charges.

They're calling for Tan to be sentenced to five years in prison based on factors of the case, Tan's remorsefulness, his community involvement, his age, and his pending deportation. 

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Tan pleaded guilty back in June, but did not admit to shooting and killing his father, Jim Tan, at their Pittsford home in 2015.

The defense statement includes a character letter from Tan himself, where he takes responsibility.

In Tan's letter, he said his father had recently attacked his mother, and she repeatedly told him he was going to kill her. 

“He choked her until she nearly lost consciousness," Tan wrote. "After talking to my father, it was clear that he was still agitated. He told me to mind my business and if she pissed him off again, he’d kill her."

He went on to write, "I felt like there was no other option, that I had to protect her. Rather than digest the situation, and any other possible alternatives, I acted on impulse, leading to my series of immature and irrational decisions."

Last week, federal prosecutors called for Tan to be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He will be sentenced Nov. 19.

Read Tan's letter in its entirety below:

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