The Iowa man involved in the carjackings in Mount Vernon earlier this year has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney, Doug Hoffman, 55-year old David J. Pederson pleaded guilty in Jefferson
County Court to two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking and was sentenced to serve two concurrent 20 year prison sentences on both counts, to be followed by three years of supervised release.
On March 26, 2013, Pederson had been released to travel to an Iowa halfway house from the Marion federal prison, where he was serving a sentence for bank robbery. Instead, he forced his way into two vehicles while armed with a pellet gun.
First, Pederson approached a vehicle occupied by a female driver in the parking lot of McDonald’s on the west side of Mount Vernon. She was made to drive to a parking lot near Kohl’s. He bound her and took her debit card and told her to drive to a gas station. They stopped at the BP station just across the interstate towards the east. At that time, the victim managed to get free and pepper sprayed Pederson.
He then forced his way into a van occupied by a female and two teenagers. They were made to drive down wells bypass road until he told them to get out near the Napa distribution center. He then drove away, headed west and stopped in Nashville at the Circle K gas station, where he was arrested by the Nashville Police Department.
Two counts each of felony aggravated hijacking of a vehicle with a weapon and armed robbery with a firearm were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.