Woman gets life for Northwest crime spree, including killing of Eureka man

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has sentenced a woman to life in prison for her role in a Pacific Northwest killing spree that authorities say was part of a white supremacist scheme.

Holly Grigsby apologized Tuesday to friends and relatives of the victims. Grigsby said she realized any explanation for her behavior would come across as an excuse.

Grigsby and her boyfriend — David "Joey" Pedersen — were arrested in 2011 after the deaths of Pedersen's father and stepmother in Everett, Washington, along with an Oregon teenager and a Eureka man.

The pair is accused of killing two men, 19-year-old Cody Myers on the Oregon coast and 53-year-old Eureka resident Reginald Clark, in what authorities called a white supremacist scheme. Clark was black and Grigsby allegedly told investigators that Myers, a Christian, was killed because his name sounded Jewish. Pedersen has made similar comments in court.

Friends remembered Clark as a kind and generous man who always smiling and willing to help someone in need. He lived in Eureka for about 30 years and had battled homelessness throughout his life in Humboldt County, where he was known for traveling by bicycle, pulling a trailer full of his belongings.

Grigsby pleaded guilty in March to racketeering charges connected to the four killings. The plea agreement called for a life sentence with no chance for release.

Joey Pedersen is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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