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Woman gets life for Northwest crime rampage

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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TnT July 15 2014 at 5:57 PM

Why send this worthless garbage to prison? They need to be executed. Period!!! Let God take over from there!

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Buckingham's July 15 2014 at 5:26 PM

Holly, here's wishing you a VERY LONG, and unhappy life in prison.

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rjen164497 July 15 2014 at 6:25 PM

Life in prison is as cruel and abusive as possible. Death is far more humane. If cruel is what you want then the 50, 60 years caged is what they should get.

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Berto July 15 2014 at 6:18 PM

No way these 2 scumbags should be permitted to breathe the air of REAL human beings another second. They both should be hanged in the courtyard and left there to rot. Cowards like them need to be squished like the cockroaches they are.

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jktkw Berto July 15 2014 at 6:24 PM

and...right NOW

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roseyoungstewart Berto July 15 2014 at 7:34 PM

be my guest.

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LONNIE July 15 2014 at 5:44 PM

I'm sure they are standing tall for all the white trash low life's that give every decent white person a bad name, these Nazi group's are scary

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mrcbwalk July 15 2014 at 5:42 PM

Funny as hell, White supremacist with a jewish lawyer. Just goes to show you that there's no truth in hate. Now these two idiots get to practice their beliefs in hate people just stupid as themselves for the rest of their lives.

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cbrown6120 July 15 2014 at 5:38 PM

A classic sign of our sick society.

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roseyoungstewart cbrown6120 July 15 2014 at 7:32 PM

elaborate please.

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dwtomczyk July 15 2014 at 5:59 PM

if they brought back the death penalty jail time will be reduced

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roseyoungstewart dwtomczyk July 15 2014 at 7:33 PM

doubt that. how many who are put to death, have been on death row less than 25 years? answer? none.

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Elizabeth roseyoungstewart July 15 2014 at 8:57 PM

Your answer is wrong. Try some research.

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oujoou July 15 2014 at 5:24 PM

It's not fun being stupid. THIS is why. :(

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mjwillich2 July 15 2014 at 5:32 PM


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