David (Joey) Joseph Pedersen, 31 is shown in this undated police mug shot
Everett, WA - A Washington man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to two murders in a deadly crime spree through Washington, Oregon and California.
David “Joey” Pedersen pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated murder for killing his father, Red Pedersen, and stepmother, Leslie Pedersen, in Everett in September.
The Daily Herald reports Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Linda Krese on Friday sentenced David Pedersen to the only penalty available after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Still facing trial in the case is Holly Grigsby, David Pedersen’s girlfriend.
The two also face charges in Oregon and California. Federal prosecutors could consolidate the cases, and prosecute them as hate crimes.
The Daily Herald reports that in court Friday, Pedersen admitted to killing two people in Oregon and California — a teen who was shot because he had a “Jewish sounding” last name, and a black man who Pedersen thought was a drug dealer.
In an interview with doctors at Western State Hospital, Pedersen called said he wasn’t sorry for killing any of the victims.
Instead, Pedersen said his only regret was not reaching Sacramento, Calif. That’s where Grigsby told authorities the couple had planned to “kill more Jews.”
I wish we had been more successful. I wish we had made it to Sacramento,” Pedersen is quoted as saying in a psychiatric evaluation filed Monday in Snohomish County Superior Court.