Teen Gives Eulogy At Parents' Funeral -- Then Is Charged With Their Murder
As of October 14, 2016, 22-year-old man Ashton Sachs is an admitted murderer, a man who owns up to creeping into his parents' mansion on a fateful night two years ago and shooting them dead in their sleep.
But back in February 2014, Ashton was just a grieving 19-year-old kid, lamenting the loss of his mommy and daddy -- at least that's what he wanted everyone to think.
After murdering his parents, Ashton gave the eulogy at their funeral.
According to CBS News, he said,
I remember in fifth grade. We had to do a report on who our hero was to us, but even as a 13-year-old boy, I knew right away my hero was my mom. I did my report on her.
Just a couple months later, Ashton was the one and only suspect police had in the homicide case of 57-year-old Brad Sachs and 54-year-old Andra Sachs.
On Friday, that case appeared to be as good as closed, with Judge Gregg Prickett sentencing Ashton to four consecutive life terms in prison, and an additional 100 years on top.
Lisa McGowan, Brad's sister and the only family member of Ashton's who spoke during the sentencing, offered no forgiveness to the 22-year-old. Instead, she had these words for her nephew, via the OC Register,
You had a choice, Ashton. You had apparently been thinking about what you were going to do for a long time... I've been told by my friends and family that I need to forgive you. Well, I can't forgive you today.
The murder of Brad and Andra occurred during the early hours of February 9, 2014.
According to Ashton's own admission, he drove down from Seattle to his parents' Santa Ana mansion and began firing at them once he got to their bedroom.
He told interrogators,
I just walked up and started shooting.
After leaving his parents room, he shot at his sister, who was unharmed, and his 8-year-old brother, who was left paralyzed after the attack.
A video of his confession can be seen below.
All of this -- the investigation, confession and sentencing -- might have seemed unlikely to those who saw Ashton give that eulogy two years ago.
Justin Mantano, an Orange County investigator, told CBS News,
He really pulled the wool over everybody's eyes.
Now, though, the picture is clear for every eye to see. Ashton Sachs is a murderer, according to his own admission.