New federal sentencing recommendation released in Charlie Tan case

October 26, 2018 11:22 PM

Federal prosecutors said Charlie Tan, accused of killing his father in Pittsford in 2015 was so close to fleeing the country after the murder that he had plane tickets to China.

On Friday, attorneys for the office of the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of New York submitted a sentencing memorandum asking that Tan be sentenced to 25 years in prison.  In June, Tan pleaded guilty to three federal weapons violations for illegally getting a friend to buy the shotgun that killed Tan’s father Jim in January of 2015.  Tan never admitted to the killing but the memorandum repeatedly accuses Tan, and Tan alone, of planning and executing what it calls a “calculated, intentional, premeditated murder.


After the murder, the memo says, Tan and his mother Jean left the country and stayed in Toronto where Jean Tan bought two one-way tickets to Shanghai China.  It was while they were there, prosecutors say in the documents, that Jean Tan researched questions such as “what happens to a business after the sudden death of its owner” and whether a wife “gets everything” if her husband dies without a will. 

According to the memorandum, Jean Tan also looked up “criminal lawyers for youthful defense in Rochester.”  Charlie Tan was 19 at the time. 

It was only after that, four days after Jim Tan was killed, that the memo says Tan and his mother abandoned plans to fly to China and returned to their home in Pittsford and reported the death.

The memo mentions allegations that Jim Tan was an abusive husband but says even if he were, Charlie Tan had all the support he needed to ask for help "and even the impediment of being refused the gun when tried to buy the murder weapon himself but that he persisted.  And persisted.  And persisted” in his plan to buy the gun and murder his father.

Tan’s sentencing was scheduled for November 19.


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