David Pedersen gets 2 more life sentences

Pedersen now has been sentenced to life in two states

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — David Pedersen, already serving a life sentence for killing his parents in Washington, was sentenced to two more life sentences related to the 2011 crime spree.

Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, killed four people in the spree in what authorities called a white supremacist scheme.

A federal grand jury indicted the pair in August 2012. They were to face trial in July 2014 on federal kidnapping, carjacking and murder charges but pleaded guilty before the trial.

In February, the US Justice Department decided against seeking the death penalty for them.

His lengthy statement

Pedersen told those in Portland federal courtroom that Monday’s sentencing was “rather anti-climactic,” since he had already been sentenced to life in prison in Washington state for the deaths of his father and stepmother.

Pedersen made a lengthy statement to the court in which he blasted police, prosecutors and American foreign policy. His sister, Holly Perez, shouted at him to “shut up.”

But he did not express remorse. He said he hoped Cody Myers’ family would find some peace.

Cody Myers was 19 when he was killed. The others slain by Pedersen were Reginald Clark, 53, his stepmother, Deedee Pedersen, and his father.

Lori Nemitz and Susan Ellis, the daughters of Deedee Pedersen, said they wanted the death penalty for David Pedersen. At least, they said, he’s no longer a threat to society.

“It’s the amount of justice we could get after the errors that were made,” Nemitz said. “It’s not what I wanted, but at least he can’t go out and hurt somebody else.”

Ellis was unsure of the sincerity of Pedersen’s court statement.

“How heartfelt that was, I don’t know since he hasn’t been showing any remorse,” she said.

Pedersen will be housed in a Washington state prison.

“People use the word closure,” Nemitz said. “There’s no such thing as closure. This was a finality in the court system.”

The motive

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FILE – Holly Grigsby waits with her boyfriend, David “Joey” Pedersen, during an appearance in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville, Calif. The pairs’ murderous crime spree through Washington, Oregon and California, is one of Oregon’s top 2011 stories.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

Pedersen and Grigsby have white-supremacist ties, and Pedersen has said in court that his motivation for the slayings was partly because of the victims’ ethnicities or skin color. Pedersen said he believed the Oregon teenager was Jewish, and that he and Grigsby targeted the man in California because he was black.

Pedersen pleaded guilty in state court to aggravated murder for the slaying of his father and stepmother in Everett, Wash., and was sentenced to life in prison.

Grigsby was sentenced to life in prison on July 15. She apologized at her sentencing to friends and relatives of the victims. Grigsby said she realized that any explanation for her behavior would come across as an excuse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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