A white supremacist convicted of killing four people in three states, one because his name sounded Jewish, was sentenced to two life sentences for the deaths of two strangers.
David “Joey” Pedersen, 34, was sentenced Monday in a federal court in Portland, Oregon, for the murder of Cody Myers of Lafayette, Ore., and Reginald Clark of Eureka, Calif. to two concurrent life sentences without possibility of parole. Pedersen is already serving life a life sentence in prison in Washington State for the murders of his father and stepmother in Everett, Wash.
Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 27, were arrested in October 2011 after a month-long killing spree that spanned California, Washington and Oregon. Grigsby reportedly told investigators that Myers, a Christian, was killed because his name sounded Jewish.
Grigsby reportedly told police she and Pedersen were on their way to “kill more Jews” in Sacramento, Calif., after they were apprehended.
The 24-page indictment charged that Pedersen and Grigsby were members of a criminal enterprise that aimed to promote a white supremacist movement.
The pair robbed their victims to finance the campaign, stole their cars to escape and murdered them to eliminate witnesses and avoid capture.
The enterprise, according to the indictment, also targeted Jewish leaders and members of prominent Jewish organizations. Pedersen researched the names and addresses of Jewish organizations in Seattle, Portland and Sacramento, Calif., to identify potential targets for elimination, which he never followed through on.
This story "Serial Killer Gets Life for 'Jewish Name' Slaying" was written by JTA.