June 25, 2018 06:14 AM
Charlie Tan admitted that he coerced his friends and classmates to buy him a shotgun and lie about it so he could commit a felony.
He did not admit to murder even though the murder of Charlie's father, Jim Tan, was spelled out in the prosecution court papers.
In fact, in court the assistant U.S attorney said she was going to prove Charlie Tan committed the murder.
News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "The court document talks about the actual murder of Jim Tan."
James Nobles, defense attorney: "Well it's not a court document. It's a document filed by the prosecution and as you heard, we didn't agree with it."
Brean: "So Charlie did not admit to the murder at all, did I hear that right?
Nobles: "That's absolutely correct. What we did today ( Friday) was we plead guilty to the elements of the crime that he's charged with which obtaining a gun with the intent to commit a felony at that time. That's what he plead guilty to today, nothing more, nothing less."
Brean: "Did he kill his father?"
Nobles: "That's not anything for you to comment on."
We may never get an answer to that question because of what happened just before the video you're watching now.
Two years ago, the murder charge against Charlie Tan was dismissed by Judge James Piampiano after a hung jury.
An appellate court said that was a wrong decision but it set Charlie Tan free and meant he could never be charged with murder again.
When News10NBC asked Charlie Tan's lawyer why Charlie plead guilty he said, "It's been a long road and Charlie wanted to take responsibility for what he did do."
He's looking at anywhere from time served to 25 years in prison. We'll learn the number when he's sentenced in October.
Updated: June 25, 2018 06:14 AM
Created: June 22, 2018 01:05 PM
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