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Ashton Colby Sachs, 22, of San Juan Capistrano was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday, Oct. 14, for the murder of his parents and attempted murder of two of his siblings, which caused the paralysis of his 8-year-old brother.
“Sachs pleaded guilty on Sept. 20 at his request and without a previously scheduled hearing to two felony counts of special circumstances murder for committing multiple murders, two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a firearm causing death, personal use of a firearm causing bodily injury and causing paralysis,” a press release from the Orange County District Attorney stated. “Sachs was sentenced to consecutively serve two life terms without parole, two life terms, three indeterminate terms of 25 years to life, and 30 determinate years in state prison.”
Sachs was living in Seattle before he returned to Orange County with the intent to murder his family, the release stated.
On Feb. 9, 2014, he entered his family’s San Juan Capistrano home and shot and murdered his 54-year-old mother, Bradford Sachs, and 57-year-old father, Bradford Sachs, as they slept.
Ashton Sachs entered the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother then shot and attempted to murder him. The 8-year-old boy survived, but was paralyzed by the shooting. Two of Ashton Sachs’ sisters were also in the home at the time of the crime. Ashton Sachs shot at and attempted to murder his 17-year-old sister, but she was not struck.
After he committed the crimes, Ashton Sachs fled to Seattle.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case and arrested Ashton Sachs on March 6, 2014.
“At the sentencing (on Oct. 14), impact statements from Lisa McGowan, Bradford Sachs’ sister, and Myles Sachs, the defendant’s brother, were read to the court pursuant to Marsy’s Law,” the release stated.