Pedersen sentenced to life for NW killings

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- David "Joey" Pedersen has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to two murders in a deadly crime spree through Washington, Oregon and California.

Pedersen had pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated murder for killing his father, Red Pedersen, and his wife, Leslie Pedersen, in Everett at the end of September.

The Daily Herald (http://is.gd/fJOYgQ ) reports Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Linda Krese sentenced him on Friday to the only penalty available after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Still facing trial is Holly Grigsby, Pedersen's girlfriend, who is also charged with aggravated murder for the September killings.

They also face charges in Oregon and California. Federal prosecutors could consolidate the cases, and prosecute them as hate crimes.

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.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com