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March 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Woman to get life term for Northwest killing spree

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Holly Grigsby

PORTLAND — A woman who claimed ties to white supremacist prison gangs has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy that involved four deaths in three states, including the murders of an Everett couple, guaranteeing herself a life sentence.

Holly Grigsby and David Pedersen were accused in the killings of Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett, as well as an Oregon teenager and a California man. Pedersen previously pleaded guilty in state court to murder in the slayings of his father and stepmother.

Grigsby pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to racketeering charges connected to the four killings. Under the agreement, Grigsby will not be prosecuted in state court in Washington, Oregon or California.

The U.S. Department of Justice took over the prosecutions of the couple in August 2012, alleging their crimes were aimed at promoting and funding a movement to “purify” and “preserve the white race” through murder.

Police say Pedersen and Grigsby killed Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Jones Pedersen, 56, and stepmother, Leslie Pedersen, 69, on Sept. 26, 2011, in Everett. Police say the couple then drove Red Pedersen’s SUV to Oregon, where they shot and killed 19-year-old Cody Myers and stole his car.

Grigsby told police they shot Myers “because his last name made them think he was Jewish,” according to the charging documents. Prosecutors said Grigsby claimed that she and Pedersen then planned to drive to Sacramento, Calif., to “kill more Jews.”

The couple also killed Reginald Alan Clark, 53, an African-American man who was found shot to death in the back seat of his pickup in Eureka, Calif, according to police. Pedersen and Grigsby were arrested Oct. 5, 2011, in Yuba City, Calif.

Pedersen is to be tried on federal charges in U.S. District Court in July.

Attorney General Eric Holder decided not to seek the death penalty.

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