supremacist gets life in prison after U.S. West Coast killing spree
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[August 05, 2014]
By Teresa Carson
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A white
supremacist convicted of killing two people during a bloody three-state
road trip on the U.S. West Coast was sentenced on Monday to two life
sentences by a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, the Justice Department
David Joseph "Joey" Pedersen, 34, was sentenced to the concurrent
jail terms without the possibility of parole by U.S. District Judge
Ancer Haggerty for the 2011 deaths, the Justice Department said in a
Pedersen is already serving life in prison in Washington state after
he pleaded guilty in 2012 to first-degree murder for the shooting
death of his father and the stabbing death of his stepmother in
Everett, north of Seattle.
Those were the first in a series of killings during a 10-day rampage
by Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, that included
robberies and carjackings before the pair were arrested in 2011 in
northern California, the Justice Department said.
"Justice has been served. Both of these misguided killers will spend
the rest of their lives in prison to account for these heinous
murders," said U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall.
Monday's sentencing relates to the deaths of Cody Myers of
Lafayette, Oregon, and Reginald Clark of Eureka, California, two
people the duo separately carjacked and murdered, the department
Grigsby, also of Portland, was sentenced in Washington state in July
to life in prison without the possibility of parole for racketeering
activity in a plea deal that also encapsulates all the crimes
alleged in the case, it said.
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The couple's white supremacist leanings were also evidenced by
tattoos on Pedersen's neck and Grigsby's racist Facebook postings.
The siege ended with Grigsby allegedly telling police she and
Pedersen were on their way to "kill more Jews" in Sacramento,
Other accomplices who provided weapons and helped hide a car they
stole from Pedersen's father were sentenced earlier. An Oregon man
who was convicted for attempted carjacking related to the spree is
scheduled to be sentenced in September.
(Reporting by Teresa Carson in Portland, Oregon; Writing by Eric M.
Johnson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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