Ashton Sachs, 19, has been charged by police in San Juan Capistrano, California, with the murder of his parents, Andra and Brad, in February 2014, reports ABC Los Angeles.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department have said that he is being held without bail. He will appear in court on March 10.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. The Couple Were Found Shot to Death at their Home on February 9
Ashton Sachs is the second-eldest son of Andra and Brad. The married couple were found dead in their plush Orange County pad, along Peppertree Bend in San Juan Capistrano (above) on February 9, 2014. There had been no sign of forced entry to the house. The 19-year-old Sachs was with family in San Diego when police arrested him on March 6, reports The Capistrano Dispatch.
According to NBC Los Angeles, his arrest came, in part, due to the fact, cops recovered the murder weapon.
2. His 8-Year-Old Brother Was Also Shot in the Attack
The couple’s eight-year-old adopted son, was shot in the back during the attack. The 911 call was made by one of the family’s daughters, police arrived at the home at around 2 a.m. on February 9.
3. Since His Parents’ Death, He Filed For Guardianship
Ashton Sachs, along with his older brother, Myles, had filed for guardianship of the younger children in the family. ABC 7 reports that he is a college student who has lived in Seattle since last fall.
4. He Has No Priors
Ashton Sachs has no criminal record except for some speeding tickets, reports The Orange County Register.
Sachs is graduate of Dana Hills High School. According to his Facebook page, he also attended Laguna Beach High. His social media page also lists his employer as Play N Trade Video Games where he works as a “repairtech.”
5. His Parents Were Divorced For Financial Reasons
His parents were divorced in 1999 when he was five years old. The separation was bitter, with restraining orders involved.
The couple reconciled and began living together again and continued their business. The Orange County Register reports that their divorce remained in place out of convenience and for “liability sake.”
The Sachs' two teenage daughters were also in the home at the time of the shooting.
— Capistrano Dispatch (@CapoDispatch) March 7, 2014
In the years after their divorce, the couple had adopted a boy and girl from Russia. The couple’s business associate, Monte Burghardt, said that his late-partners were soul-mates. Another neighbor told NBC Los Angeles, the family were “the best family.”
The Orange County Register report adds that in the time since the couple’s deaths, their business, in the tech and green sectors, “came under the microscope.” In addition to their Southern California home, they owned property in Florida, Mexico and Nevada. In the NBC Los Angeles report, it indicates that Andra Sachs had a history of financial problems, at one point owing more than $1 million after several liens. The couple were known as entrepreneurs in the county.
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