White supremacist sentenced to 2 life terms

A white supremacist convicted of killing four people in three states — one because his name sounded Jewish — was sentenced to two life terms for two of the murders.

David “Joey” Pedersen, 34, was sentenced Aug. 4 in a federal court in Portland, Oregon, for the murder of Cody Myers of Lafayette, Oregon, and Reginald Clark of Eureka, California, to concurrent life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Pedersen already is serving a life sentence in prison in Washington state for the murders of his father and stepmother in Everett, Washington.

He and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 27, were arrested in October 2011 after a month-long series of killings in California, Washington and Oregon. Grigsby reportedly told investigators that Myers, a Christian, was killed because his name sounded Jewish.

Grigsby reportedly told police that she and Pedersen were on their way to “kill more Jews” in Sacramento when they were arrested.

The 24-page indictment charged that Pedersen and Grigsby had targeted Jewish leaders and members of prominent Jewish organizations in Seattle, Portland and Sacramento. — jta