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Friday, June 14, 2013

Federal Indictment Charges Lane County Couple with Obtaining a Firearm for a Convicted Felon and Being Accessories to Kidnapping and Other Crimes

Indictment Charges Husband and Wife with Obtaining Firearm for Charged Federal Defendant David Joseph Pedersen and Being Accessories After the Fact for Pederson and Co-Defendant Holly Ann Grigsby

PORTLAND, Ore. -   A federal indictment was unsealed today charging Corey Wyatt, 28, and his wife, Kimberly Scott Wyatt, 32, of Springfield and Monroe, Oregon with conspiracy to obtain and transfer a firearm to convicted felon David Joseph Pedersen a/k/a Joey Pedersen who was prohibited from possessing a firearm, the straw purchase and transfer of that firearm, being accessories after the fact to kidnapping resulting in death, using a firearm in a crime of violence that caused death, and transportation of a stolen vehicle by assisting David Joseph Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby, and misprision of a felony. 

Kimberly Scott Wyatt appeared before U.S.Magistrate Dennis J. Hubel for arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty to all counts of the indictment.  She was detained in custody pending further review, and a trial date of August 20, 2013 was set.  Defendant Corey Wyatt is currently in custody on unrelated state charges, and an arraignment before a U.S. Magistrate will be scheduled on a later date.      

The attached indictment charges an alleged conspiracy that began on or about July 4, 2011, and charges the Wyatts with making a false statement to deceive a licensed firearms dealer that Kimberly Scott Wyatt was the actual purchaser of a 9mm luger pistol when, in fact, they purchased the firearm for David Joseph Pedersen who was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm.  David Joseph Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby are currently pending federal charges that stem from an alleged 10-day crime spree that spanned from Everett, Washington to Eureka, California, and included four murders and the possession of that firearm and others. 

The attached indictment also charges both Corey Wyatt and Kimberly Scott Wyatt with being accessories after the fact to Pedersen and Grigsby between September 27 and 28, 2011, in order to hinder and prevent their apprehension, knowing that Pedersen and Grigsby had committed crimes including kidnapping resulting in death, using a firearm in a crime of violence that caused death, and transporting a stolen vehicle.  Pedersen and Grigsby are charged in a separate federal indictment with the murder, kidnapping and robbery of Pedersen’s father, David Jones “Red” Pedersen, of Everett, Washington, as well as using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence that resulted in death, and the interstate transportation of Red Pedersen’s stolen vehicle from Washington to Oregon between September 26 and 27, 2011.

If convicted, the defendants face maximum penalties for the charges ranging from three to 15 years, and up to a $250,000 fine.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant should be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

These charges stem from an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Oregon State Police, the Everett, Washington Police Department and the Eureka, California Police Department, with assistance from the Oregon Department of Corrections, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Major Crimes Team, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Yuba County, California Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, United States Marshals Service, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Philomath Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Stayton Police Department, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon Department of Justice.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jane Shoemaker and Hannah Horsley are handling the prosecution of the case.

Updated January 29, 2015