Woman gets life for Northwest crime rampage

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Woman gets life for Northwest crime rampage
FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo, Holly Grigsby, left, looks at her boyfriend, David "Joey" Pedersen, during an appearance in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville, Calif. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, a federal judge in Portland, Ore. sentenced Grigsby to life in prison for her role in a Pacific Northwest killing spree that authorities say was part of a white supremacist scheme. Pedersen is scheduled to be sentenced in August 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE - This combination of booking photos provided by the Oregon State Police on Oct. 6, 2011 shows Holly Grigsby, left, and David Joseph Pedersen. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, a U.S. judge sentenced Grigsby to life in prison for her role in a Pacific Northwest killing spree that authorities say was part of a white supremacist scheme. Pedersen is scheduled to be sentenced in August 2014. (AP Photo/Oregon State Police, File)
Holly Grigsby, left, is shown on a video monitor as she sits with her attorney, Pete Mazzone, as she appears in court via a video link to the Snohomish County Jail, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Everett, Wash. Grigsby pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder. She and her boyfriend, David "Joey" Pedersen, are charged in the deaths of Pedersen's father, David "Red" Pedersen, and his wife, Leslie Pedersen, in Everett around Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
David "Joey" Pedersen, 31, center, talks with public defender Benjamin Wirtschafter as Pedersen's girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, 24, left, looks on during an appearance in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 where the couple waived their right to an extradition hearing. The couple will be returned to Washington state within a month to face charges related to the death of Pedersen's father, who had been shot, and stepmother, who had her throat slit. In interviews with police and a reporter, the pair acknowledged killing a man in Oregon they thought was Jewish and a black man in California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
These booking photos released by the Oregon State Police, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, show David Joseph Pedersen. Two people suspected in the death of a Washington woman have been issued fugitive warrants by the states of Oregon and Washington and will face arraignments in California on Friday. David Joseph Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, were stopped Wednesday afternoon north of Sacramento. They are suspects in the death of Pedersen's stepmother in Everett, Wash., and have been named persons of interest in the slaying of an Oregon teenager.(AP Photo/Yuma County, California Sheriff's Office)
These booking photos released by the Oregon State Police, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, show Holly Grigsby. Two people suspected in the death of a Washington woman have been issued fugitive warrants by the states of Oregon and Washington and will face arraignments in California on Friday. David Joseph Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, were stopped Wednesday afternoon north of Sacramento. They are suspects in the death of Pedersen's stepmother in Everett, Wash., and have been named persons of interest in the slaying of an Oregon teenager. (AP Photo/Yuma County, California Sheriff's Office)
In this undated photo provided Oct. 4, 2011, by the Everett Police Department shows Holly Grigsby. Authorities say two people suspected in the killing of an Everett, Wash., woman last week are now wanted in the disappearance of an Oregon teenager. Police in Oregon and Washington identified the two suspects Tuesday as 31-year-old David Joseph Pedersen and 24-year-old Holly Grigsby. Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says the two are believed to have been in a car Sunday owned by 19-year-old Cody Myers, of Lafayette. He disappeared after leaving for a weekend jazz festival in the Oregon coastal town Newport. (AP Photo/Everett Police Department)
Holly Grigsby, 24, waits during an appearance in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 where she and her boyfriend, David "Joey" Pederson, 31, waived their right to an extradition hearing. The couple will be returned to Washington state within a month to face charges related to the death of Pedersen's father, who had been shot, and stepmother, who had her throat slit. In interviews with police and a reporter, the pair acknowledged killing a man in Oregon they thought was Jewish and a black man in California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
David Pederson, right, is shown on a video monitor with his attorney, Gil Levy, as he appears in court via a video link to the Snohomish County Jail, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Everett, Wash. Pederson pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated murder. He and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, are charged in the deaths of his father, David "Red" Pedersen, and his wife, Leslie Pedersen, in Everett around Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman who took part in a Pacific Northwest killing rampage fueled by white supremacist beliefs apologized for her actions, but not her views.

Holly Grigsby, 27, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with no chance for release.

She apologized in federal court to friends and relatives of the victims. Grigsby said she realized any explanation for her actions, such as her drug addiction, would come across as an excuse, "or make it feel like I'm rationalizing my own insane behavior."

But Grigsby expressed no regret for white supremacist beliefs, only the affect her crimes would have on their public perception.

"My actions have further damaged the reputation of a movement misunderstood," she said "I deeply regret this."

Grigsby and her boyfriend - David "Joey" Pedersen - were arrested in 2011 following the deaths of four people: Pedersen's father and stepmother in Everett, Washington, 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 has pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking resulting in death - one for the death of teenager Cody Myers on the Oregon coast and the other for the killing of Reginald Clark in Eureka, California. He will be sentenced to life in prison at an Aug. 4 hearing in federal court.

He previously pleaded guilty in Washington state court to murder in the slayings of David "Red" Pedersen and Leslie "Dee Dee" Pedersen and was sentenced to life in prison.

Dee Dee Pedersen's daughter, Lori Nemitz, told Grigsby in court that the murders were heinous and "beyond cruel," and made no sense since Grigsby had been welcomed into the home as family.

"I hugged you for God's sake," Nemitz said.

Pedersen is the founder of a white supremacist prison gang, and he told Grigsby about his desire to start a revolution with a killing rampage targeting Jewish leaders.

It started on Sept. 26, 2011, when Joey Pedersen shot his father in the back of a head while the elder Pedersen was driving, authorities said. Red Pedersen moved and moaned for at least 30 minutes before dying, prosecutors said.

Pedersen and Grigsby returned to the house. Dee Dee Pedersen was bound with duct tape, cut in the neck and left to bleed to death.

"Animals are treated more humanely going to slaughter than your victims were," said Holly Perez, the daughter of Red Pedersen and sister of Joey Pedersen.

The couple then drove Red Pedersen's vehicle south into Oregon, where they shot and killed 19-year-old Myers and stole his car, authorities said. They shot Myers, who was Christian, because his name sounded Jewish, according to court documents.

Pedersen and Grigsby then headed to Northern California, where Clark, a 53-year-old black man, was shot to death.

Grigsby and Pedersen were arrested Oct. 5, 2011, outside Yuba City, California, when a police officer spotted them in Myers' car. Grigsby told officers they were on their way to Sacramento to "kill more Jews,'" court documents said.

Prosecutors said Grigsby has been a white supremacist since her early teens, and did not fall under Pedersen's spell.

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