Parents Of Teen Who Had Gun, Explosives In Home Appear In Court

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4)– The parents of a teenager who admitted to having explosives in a home that forced the evacuation of a Castle Rock neighborhood appeared in court on Friday. They also face charges in the case.

A 16-year-old pleaded guilty in March to having a gun and explosives in a home that forced the neighborhood to be evacuated last Halloween.

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The teenager lived in the Castle Rock home. He was sentenced to two years in the Department of Youth Corrections. Initially, investigators believed only him and another teen were responsible.

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John and Linda Ashe at the Douglas County Justice Center on Friday (credit: CBS)

On Friday, John and Linda Ashe appeared before a judge. Prosecutors say the couple should have known better.

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More than 30 homes were evacuated during the investigation. The chemicals found inside were so volatile that a bomb squad was forced to detonate the contents not far from home, out of fear that they would ignite in transit.

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John and Linda Ashe at the Douglas County Justice Center on Friday (credit: CBS)

The teen’s parents, John Ashe, 52, and Linda Ashe, 46, were charged with delinquency of a minor. Linda Ashe was charged with more counts for allegedly encouraging her son to use marijuana.

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If convicted, Linda Ashe could be sentenced up to 16 years in prison and her husband could serve up to eight years.

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The teen was sentenced to two years in youth corrections after pleading guilty. He has already started serving his sentence. The other teenager’s case is still pending.

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John and Linda Ashe are allowed to have contact with their son. They plan to fight the charges.

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Linda Ashe at the Douglas County Justice Center on Friday (credit: CBS)

Both were released without bond. The couple is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.

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