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By Brian Park
A 20-year-old San Juan Capistrano man accused of killing his parents and attempting to murder his younger siblings was indicted by a grand jury June 16.
Ashton Colby Sachs, 20, was indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury on two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. The indictment supersedes the original charges filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted, Sachs faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and is eligible for the death penalty, according to the DA’s Office.
Sachs is accused of traveling from Seattle, where he was a student at North Seattle College, to San Juan Capistrano and killing his parents, Bradford Hans and Andra Resa Sachs, while they slept on Sunday, Feb. 9. The couple divorced in 2000 but was living together at the time of their deaths. Their bodies were discovered in their multimillion dollar home on Peppertree Bend just before 2 a.m.
Sachs is also accused of shooting his 8-year-old brother, who is now paralyzed. His two teenage sisters were also inside the home at the time of the shooting. Sachs is accused of shooting at one of his sisters but missing.
Sachs was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, June 19, but the hearing was postponed to July 21. In May, Sachs, who is being defended by Seth Bank from the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him by the DA’s Office.
He is currently being held without bail in Orange County jail.