White supremacist Grigsby sentenced to life for three-state murder spree

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PORTLAND — White supremacist Holly Ann Grigsby, 27, of Portland, was sentenced to life in federal prison Tuesday for killing four people in three states, including in Washington, in the fall of 2011 with boyfriend David “Joey” Pedersen.

The Oregonian reported that Grigsby told the court she was sorry that her drug addiction and her actions hurt not only the victims and their families, but also her husband and son and even the white supremacist movement.

Pedersen, 34, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of carjacking resulting in death, will be sentenced Aug. 4.


Pedersen and Grigsby were accused of a 10-day crime spree fueled by their white-supremacist beliefs that spanned from Everett, Wash., to Eureka, Calif.

Investigators said they murdered four people, including Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett.

“There is ample evidence that co-defendant David J. Pedersen’s hatred for his father was the primary motivation for these crimes,” Snohomish County prosecutor Mark Roe said in 2012. “This defendant (Grigsby) had no violent criminal history previous to this, is quite young at 24, and appears to have been following the lead of David J. Pedersen.”

Pedersen pleaded guilty in March 2012 to killing his father and stepmother.  Roe decided not to seek the death penalty against Pedersen because, he said, there was credible evidence that Petersen’s father had sexually abused him and others.

Pedersen and Grigsby fled south after the slayings in Everett and drew national attention as they went on a killing spree along the West Coast. They are accused of killing a 19-year-old man in Oregon and a disabled man in California.

They were captured near Yuba City, Calif., last Oct. 5 and sent to Washington state to stand trial first for the killing of Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Pedersen, 56, and stepmother, Leslie “Dee Dee” Pedersen, 69.

The stepmother was found stabbed to death in her Everett home Sept. 29, 2011, and Pedersen was found shot in the head in his vehicle Oct. 8 in Linn County, Ore.

According to charging documents, after being arrested in California, Grigsby sat down for a five-hour interview with Oregon State Police in which she recounted her and Pedersen’s planned killing spree.

Grigsby told investigators that they killed 19-year-old Cody Meyers of Oregon “because his last name made them think he was Jewish,” according to charging documents. Grigsby also reportedly commented that when she was arrested she said that the couple were on their way to Sacramento to “kill more Jews.”

In an interview with the Appeal-Democrat, Pedersen admitted to killing his father and took responsibility for three other murders.

“Everything that’s been reported I take full responsiblity for,” he told the newspaper.



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