Charlie Tan is the Pittsford man who had been accused of murdering his father. Last year those charges were dismissed. He is now facing new charges that could put him in prison for years.
Two years ago, Tan was all smiles as he walked out the Monroe County Court after Judge Piampiano issued a trial order dismissing all murder charges against Tan. His legal team thought it was over. His attorney Brian DeCarolis learned it was not.
“It’s been two and half years since the incident and two years since the trial,” Decarolis said after his client pleaded not guilty to federal gun charges. “Again Friday night in late September… shocked.”
This all came after a grand jury in the Northern District of New York filed an indictment charging Tan with one federal count of receiving a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a crime and two counts of making false statement during the purchase of a firearm.
A local lawyer, Michael Schiano says this avoids double jeopardy.
“The feds are going after a specific federal statue that deals with crimes, that he is alleged to committing here,” Schiano said. “That being the purchased of a weapon, and basically they are alleging he used someone else to purchase the weapon with the intent to commit the crimes of murder and manslaughter.”
The question that still remains unanswered is, who is the person that allegedly purchased the Remington Model 870 12 Gauge shotgun and ammunition used to kill Tan’s father?
“It appears to me that this person is not in the indictment, it is possible he could be cooperating with the government or a statement that would have implicated Tan is some way, ” Schiano said.
If Tan is convicted on these new charge, he could face up 10 years in Federal prison. As for now, Tan is in iail. He is scheduled for a detention hearing Wednesday, at that time the Judge will determine if Tan is a flight risk or danger to the community. Tan could be kept locked up in Jail without any bail.