The Associated Press
PORTLAND — A federal judge in Portland has sentenced a woman to life in prison for her role in a Pacific Northwest killing spree that authorities say was part of a white supremacist scheme.
Holly Grigsby apologized Tuesday to friends and relatives of the victims. Grigsby said she realized that any explanation for her behavior would come across as an excuse.
Grigsby and her boyfriend — David “Joey” Pedersen — were arrested in 2011 after the deaths of Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett, Wash., an Oregon teenager and a California man.
Grigsby pleaded guilty in March to racketeering charges connected to the four killings, and the plea agreement called for a life sentence with no chance for release.
Joey Pedersen is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
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.