Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 14HF0897: March 7, 2014
SANTA ANA – A man has been charged with murdering his parents and attempting to murder two of his siblings, causing the paralysis of his 8-year-old brother. Ashton Colby Sachs, 19, is charged with 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. 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. He is being held without bail and is expected to be arraigned Monday, March 10, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crime, Ashton Sachs was living in Seattle.
Ashton Sachs is accused of returning to Orange County with the intention of murdering his family. In the early morning hours of Feb. 9, 2014, he is accused of entering his family’s San Juan Capistrano home armed with a firearm.
He is accused of entering his parents’ bedroom and shooting and murdering his 54-year-old mother Andra Sachs and 57-year-old father Bradford Sachs as they slept.
The defendant is accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting and attempting to murder the victim. 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 is accused of shooting at and attempting to murder his 17-year-old sister, but this victim was not hit.
Ashton Sachs is accused of fleeing the scene and returning to Seattle.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case and arrested the defendant March 6, 2014.
The investigation is ongoing.
Assistant Head of Court Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff