White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Murder in San Diego

  • March 27, 2009

 

A white supremacist has pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting deaths of two parking lot employees in San Diego in 1999.

On March 16, 2009, Max Anderson, 39, admitted to the murder, as well other felony charges.

Anderson will be sentenced in San Diego Superior Court on April 1.  He is expected to receive up to two terms of life without parole, an additional term of 50 years to life, plus 34 years.

Anderson and two other white supremacists committed the murders after a botched robbery at a parking lot near the San Diego airport. The bodies of the 31-year-old female booth operator and the 44-year-old male lot manager were discovered after they were both shot in the head at close range.  Anderson admitted that he fatally shot the lot manager.

Anderson, who has a prior conviction for the attempted murder of a police officer in Arizona, has numerous white supremacist tattoos, including swastikas, SS lightning bolts, a noose, the words “peckerwood” and "white pride," and the German words "weisser Krieger," meaning white warrior.

A second defendant in the case, Jeffrey Scott Young, was sentenced to death in November 2006 for his role in the murders.  He was convicted of shooting the female employee.  During the sentencing phase of his trial, an ADL expert witness provided testimony explaining Young's multiple white supremacist tattoos.  

A third defendant, David Raynoha, has also pleaded guilty to murder.

The three defendants were allegedly recruited by a fourth man to carry out the robbery.  James Torkelson, who was fired from his job as a security guard at the parking lot a week before the murders, is scheduled to go to trial in April.  He is currently incarcerated in Oregon for a 2002 conviction on multiple charges of kidnapping, assault, robbery and coercion.

 

Updated

On April 1, 2009, a San Diego Superior Court Judge sentenced Anderson to life in prison without parole, an additional term of 50 years to life, plus 34 years. The sentence will run consecutive to Anderson's sentence from a prior conviction for the attempted murder of a police officer in Arizona.

 

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