Friends react to Charlie Tan sentencing

November 19, 2018 11:26 PM

Charlie Tan was sentenced Monday in federal court. 

The federal gun charges are connected to Jim Tan's killing, Charlie's father. 


Before Tan's sentencing, more than three dozen people sent letters in support of Charlie Tan, hoping it would sway the judge to go easy.

Instead, Tan received 20 years. 

News10NBC reached out to people who wrote some of those letters and got in touch with two of his neighbors from Beverly, Chicago.  

"He's just a really, really nice person," said Lisa Beemsterboer. "I'm heartbroken. I'm just heartbroken for him." 

After the murder charges surfaced against Tan, he was kicked out of Cornell University and moved to Chicago to continue his education.

In his roughly two years in Chicago, Tan became friends with many of his neighbors including Beemsterboer. 

"I feel terrible for Charlie," said the neighbor. 

Another neighbor, Matthew Burke, described Tan as friendly, outgoing and pleasant with families. They're all shocked by Monday's sentencing. 

"I think what he did deserved some punishment but 20 years was excessive," said Burke. 

The neighbor tells News10NBC that families are upset about his bright future turned bleak. 

"Despite having a number of shortcomings, he still had a chance to something with his life and that was lost in court in this case," said Burke. 

One person not shocked Monday was Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

She tells News10NBC she predicted this would happen, and applauds the judge for insuring Jim Tan's death didn't go unpunished. 

"All along we felt the evidence was strong enough to prove that he had been involved in the death of his father and I think that was matted out through the federal process and federal plea," said Doorley. 


Beth Cefalu

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