On May 5, 2009, a judge in San Diego Superior Court sentenced racist skinhead James Torkelson to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the double murder of two parking lot employees in 1999. A jury convicted Torkelson, 31, on May 4.
Torkelson and three 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.
Torkelson recruited the three men to carry out the robbery after he was fired from his job as a security guard at the parking lot a week before the murders.
Torkelson is currently serving a 27-year sentence in Oregon for a 2002 conviction on multiple charges of kidnapping, assault, robbery and coercion.
In November 2006, Jeffrey Scott Young, was sentenced to death 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.
In April 2009, Max Anderson was sentenced to life in prison without parole, an additional term of 50 years to life, plus 34 years. Anderson pleaded guilty to fatally shooting the lot manager. Anderson also 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 fourth defendant, David Raynoha, has also pleaded guilty to murder but has not yet been sentenced.