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Man Pleads Guilty To Double Murder

A man has decided to plead guilty to a double murder he committed six months ago in Hayfork. On the night of April 4th somebody called the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office and said that 40-year-old Jason Brady of Escindido had contacted him to say he killed two people at a home on Carter Gulch Road a couple of miles north of Downtown Hayfork. As deputies pulled up to the house, they could see somebody inside. Then they saw him take off out the back door and run. Brady was caught a short distance away. Inside the house deputies found the bodies of the two residents, 21-year-old Amanda Patton and her boyfriend 41-year-old James Jachna, both dead of gunshot wounds. When questioned later by detectives, Brady confessed to the murders. He and Jachna were best friends growing up in Southern California and Brady had recently done some work for Jachna, according to the Escondido Grapevine. The motive to kill remains unclear because at a pre-trial hearing on Thursday Brady entered guilty pleas to two counts of first degree murder for financial gain, with multiple special allegations. Next month he’ll be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.