Orange County District Attorney
Media Advisory

Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case #11HF1409


June 1, 2011

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486


WHO: Austin Jeffrey Farley, 26


WHAT: The Orange County District Attorney filed an amended criminal complaint this afternoon against Farley, who was driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of .20 percent and caused the car accident killing 14-year-old Ashton Sweet and injuring four others over Memorial Day weekend. Today during arraignment, Farley pleaded not guilty to the amended charges of one felony count of murder and one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury with sentencing enhancement allegations for causing great bodily injury or death to more than one victim and inflicting great bodily injury. He is being held on $1 million bail and if convicted on all the charges and faces a maximum sentence of 22 years to life in state prison. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing June 24, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. He faces a preliminary hearing July 15, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., in Department H-1.


For further information please click on the Orange County District Attorney Press Release dated June 1, 2011, titled “Drunken Driver to be Arraigned on Murder Charge for Killing Teenager and Injuring Four Others in Memorial Day Weekend Crash,” under Press Releases/Media Advisories at