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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murdering Sleeping Parents, Attempted Murder of 2 Siblings in O.C. Mansion

A man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2014 shooting murder of his parents while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano mansion, and the attempted murder of his two siblings – including his 8-year-old brother who was left paralyzed, officials announced.


Ashton Sachs, suspected in the killing of his parents, is shown in a booking photo released March 7, 2014. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Ashton Colby Sachs, 22, pleaded guilty on Sept. 20 to two counts each of murder and attempted murder for the Feb. 9, 2014 shooting spree at his family’s multimillion-dollar home on Peppertree Bend, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office reported.

On Friday 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, the DA’s office said.

Sachs was a 19-year-old college student living in Seattle when his parents, Bradford, 57, and Andra Sachs, 54, were shot to death. Investigators said he drove to his family’s San Juan Capistrano early on the morning of the slayings with a plan to kill them.

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Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found dead in their San Juan Capistrano home on Feb. 9, 2014. (Credit: DMV)

Upon arriving at the home, Sachs entered his parents’ bedroom and shot them multiple times. He then continued to his 8-year-old brother’s room and fired more shots. The little boy survived the shooting, but was left paralyzed, officials said.

Sachs also went into his 17-year-old sister’s room and fired a shot, but she was not struck.

Sachs drove took a plane back to Seattle after the shootings. He was arrested a month later following police interviews.

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