Dirck White sentenced to life in prison
Dirck Morgan White has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Estacada resident Grady Waxenfelter after admitting to the crime during a hearing last week.
White was sentenced at a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City. His sentence for the Waxenfelter murder will be served consecutively to a previous sentence of 38 years and eight months to life that he is serving in California for a shootout with police in Los Angeles.
Once White completes the sentence in California, he will serve the sentence for the Waxenfelter murder. For this life sentence, he will serve a minimum of 25 years without the possibility of parole.
In February 2014, Waxenfelter was enforcing trucking regulations in his capacity as a Clackamas County weighmaster. He stopped White's vehicle at Highway 224 and Amisigger Road for hauling wood in a trailer without a license plate. During the stop, White shot Waxenfelter in the head and fled.
White managed to avoid law enforcement officials until the end of 2014, when he was involved in the shootout with police in Los Angeles. White made his first courtroom appearance for the Waxenfelter murder last February.
During the hearing on Feb. 27, the courtroom was filled with Waxenfelter's family and friends.
In a statement, Waxenfelter's wife Tedra told White that he had "no idea what you took from us that day."
"Grady was a wonderfully kind man (and) left an impression with anyone he came in contact with," she said.
In another statement, Waxenfelter's brother Aaron said "we've all been daily missing him, daily having a hole in our lives."
"To know Grady was to love him. He had the biggest smile and the funniest personality," Aaron Waxenfelter continued. "He would go through (Estacada) and everyone would say 'hi' to him because he'd done something for everyone in that town. . .You didn't just murder some guy. You murdered an amazing, excellent man."
During the hearing at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City, White wore a red and and white jumpsuit. He often leaned back and forth in his chair inside the courtroom.
In a statement to Waxenfelter's family, White said he could not fully understand their loss.
"To the family of Grady Waxenfelter, I offer my condolences," he said. "I can't feel feelings for family and love because I didn't get that. I can't relate to you on that level."
He said the crime was not planned and attributed his
actions to police mistreatment.
Officials from the Clackamas County District Attorney's office said White was among the most dangerous individuals they had prosecuted during their career.