Charlie Tan sentenced to 20 years in prison on federal gun charges

November 20, 2018 06:42 AM

Charlie Tan is going to prison for 20 years.

That's the sentence he got on Monday afternoon in federal court in Syracuse.


He was sentenced for federal gun charges related to the death of his father. 

A lot of people watching on Monday know the story of Charlie Tan.

He was the ivy-leaguer from Pittsford who was accused of murdering his father three years ago. There was a hung jury and Tan got off after his case was improperly dismissed.

Last year, Tan was arrested and charged with illegally buying a gun to be used in a crime.

Tan has never admitted to killing his father but in June, he admitted to coercing his friends to buy him the gun that was used in the murder.

Here's the reaction from his supporters and lawyer after the sentencing: 

David Testa, supporter: "Obviously, we're all here to support Charlie. Just a tough day, we just love Charlie." 

News10NBC's photographer Todd Hayes: "Are you surprised by the length of the sentence?" 

Testa: "We just love Charlie." 

James Nobles, attorney: "We're certainly disappointed. We'd hoped for something more. I think our client intends to appeal this sentence. That's all we can say for now really." 

Tan spoke in court. Talking to the judge, he said, "I apologize to my friends, family and community. I hold myself accountable for my actions and I hope in your heart you can find leniency."

Judge Frederick Scullin told Tan, "You murdered your father and planned to flee to China and then engaged in a bizarre scheme to cover it up."

Judge Scullin also added, "You are a very troubled young man. In my 28 years on the bench, very few cases have been as difficult as this case."

Tan has been in jail for a year. He has 19 more to go.

News10NBC Chief Investigator Reporter Berkeley Brean was in Syracuse on Monday during Tan's sentencing. 


Berkeley Brean

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