Charlie Tan to plead guilty in federal court

Charlie Tan to plead guilty in federal court

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By Spectrum News Staff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Charlie Tan, a man previously accused of killing his father in their Pittsford home back in in February of 2015, is expected to plead guilty Friday at a federal court hearing in Syracuse.

Tan, a Pittsford native and former Cornell University student, is charged in a federal indictment with receiving a firearm with intent to commit an offense, and two counts of making false statements during the purchase of the firearm. His trial was expected to begin next week.

Tan is accused of asking a friend to buy a shot gun for him at the Walmart in Cortland. Prosecutors say that gun was used in the shooting death of his father, Jim Tan, in February of 2015.

Tan was previously charged with second degree murder, but charges were thrown out by the judge hearing the case citing lack of evidence after a jury failed to reach a verdict.