Could murder trial still impact Charlie Tan sentencing?

November 19, 2018 10:05 AM

On Monday Charlie Tan will be sentenced on federal gun charges. The sentencing comes after the murder trial for the death of  his father, Jim Tan, was thrown out. 

It ended in a mistrial and later the judge then tossed out the charges but legal expert Peter Pullano believes the murder case will still be front-and-center at the sentencing Monday. 


Tan plead guilty to gun charges in June but he did not admit to the shooting at his Pittsford home back in 2015. 

“Federal prosecutors pretty much are putting it out there that he got away with murder,” said Pullano, a criminal defense attorney and managing partner with Tully Rinckey. 

Federal prosecutors are pushing for Tan to get the maximum sentencing of 25 years, but the defense is asking for just five years behind bars. 

“If the judge is looking at that as an actual provable homicide he needs to look at the background that led to it,” said Pullano. 

While Tan has never admitted to the killing, his defense talked about an abusive home. 

In a five-page hand-written letter to the Federal judge, Tan described the abuse his mom suffered at the hands of his father saying “He choked her until she nearly lost consciousness,” adding that his dad threatened to “kill her.” 

“Rather than digest the situation, and any other possible alternatives, I acted on impulse,” said Tan in his letter. 

“You have a defendant before this court who is universally known as a good guy,” said Pullano. “On top of that no real record.”    


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