UPDATED: Son Arrested in San Juan Capistrano Double Murder

Deputies believe the 19-year-old son of Brad and Andra Sachs murdered his parents and left his little brother paralyzed. He could face the death penalty.

Ashton Sachs is suspected of murdering his parents and shooting his little brother in San Juan Capistrano. Photo courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Ashton Sachs is suspected of murdering his parents and shooting his little brother in San Juan Capistrano. Photo courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Originally posted at 12:32 p.m. March 7, 2014. Updated to add more information, upload a photo. 

UPDATE at 2:46 p.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's office has charged a 19-year-old son with the murder of his divorced parents in the San Juan Capistrano home they shared. He could face the death penalty.

Ashton Sachs faces two felony counts of special circumstances murder for 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, according to a news release from the DA's office.

If convicted, Ashton Sachs faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and is eligible for the death penalty. 

A Capistrano Unified spokesman confirmed that Sachs graduated from Dana Hills High School in 2012.

Original story:

The 19-year-old son of a divorced couple found dead last month in the San Juan Capistrano home they shared was being held today without bail, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Ashton Colby Sachs was arrested Thursday night after being questioned by investigators at the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Sheriff's officials planned an early afternoon news conference to provide details on the case.

Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and his ex-wife, Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found dead around 2 a.m. Feb. 9 inside their home in the 32000 block of Peppertree Bend. Their 8-year-old son was wounded and is reportedly still hospitalized.

Two teenage girls were present in the residence at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed. The couple had five children.

The couple had extensive real estate holdings and investigators had been working to determine if their deaths were related to their business dealings. Sheriff's officials said, however, there were no signs of forced entry at the home.

The 911 call reporting the shootings was made from inside the house.

--City News Service

Penny Arévalo contributed to this report.

Brainwashed_In_Church March 09, 2014 at 10:51 AM
"Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death." Mark 13:12
Carol March 09, 2014 at 08:33 PM
We have not yet heard the real story of why this happened; that may have to wait for the trial but it seemed from the beginning to have been "personal" and not something attached to the business dealings of the family as was previously speculated upon. It seems as if the son felt somehow that his family deserved this & committing these heinous acts destroyed himself and his own family. I'd like to remind all those who endlessly speculated about the nature of the families' business dealings and failures to realize that in these tough economic times, "there but for the Grace of God go I" and not be so quick to judge that someone was deserving of murder because their business and survival plans did not work out or because you did not care for their personality type......
GreenInOC March 09, 2014 at 11:36 PM
@CHK, I would like to remind you to read the comments again to familiarize your memory with what was actually written. "Deserving of murder"? Who wrote that? Beyond that, you are speculating that the the son's motive was not related to their business. Perhaps you are too quick to judgement, no?
GreenInOC March 13, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Article from OCWeekly with some more info: http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/03/ashton_colby_sachs_ambush_plan.php ------- Here's one from May 2012 article from Patch about the ROP Program and Ashton Sachs: -------- http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/schools/p/rop-awards-ceremony-recognizes-outstanding-students-wa4a06568a7
Penny Arévalo March 13, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Whoa! I didn't write that one (ROP ceremony) so I didn't recall it.


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