Vukovich gets 23 years for attacking registered sex offenders
The man who called himself an “avenging angel seeking justice” appeared in court on Monday and is sentenced to serve 23 years for his crimes.
Jason Vukovich, 42, pleaded guilty to one felony assault charge and one felony robbery charge.
In June 2016, he assaulted three men he found on the state’s online sex offender registry.
Vukovich is eligible to apply for discretionary parole once he's served 5.75 years of his sentence, and provided he doesn't commit any new crimes, he'll be eligible for mandatory parole after serving about two-thirds of his sentence, according to the District Attorney's Office. Vukovich will also get credit for time served since 2016.
“I remember him being seated on the floor and a lot of blood,” Vukovich recalled about his attack on his third and final victim.
The third victim pleaded no contest to the sexual abuse of a minor in 2006 and has been on the registry ever since.
"I committed a crime 12 years ago that I'll always regret, but I was following the guidelines of what I'm supposed to do," the third victim said at sentencing Monday. "It was a night I'll never forget but I can't dwell on it-- I gotta try to move forward."
“At a certain point he punched me in the side of the face or a couple times in the throat,” Vukovich said. “The scuffle was on. I recalled hitting him a couple of times, swinging a hammer a couple of times.”
Monday, Vukovich said, "Today, I take full responsibility for my actions, and I do not seek to place blame on anyone."
"I don't believe that you're an avenging angel, and you should not be glorified as one," Judge Erin Marston said Monday at sentencing. "Frankly, you're a very dangerous individual. You commit crimes nonstop [and] you did it in a way that was cruel and unnecessary to what you needed to accomplish."
At his sentencing hearing on Friday, Vukovich told the judge his life story and where his anger toward sex offenders came from. Vukovich said he was physically and sexually abused by his stepfather as long as he could remember.
“He liked to administer beatings with various instruments, belts, eventually a custom 2x4 he made. He used to disrupt the night by coming in to sexually assault myself. It was rough.”
Vukovich and his older brother, Joel Fulton, ran away from home when they were teenagers.
Fulton testified at his brother’s sentencing, telling the judge about the trauma they endured for years.
“We’d roll over on the bunk beds and be up against the wall. I can’t look at you man, I’m sorry,” he said to Vukovich, choking back tears. “It was my job to go first so he would leave Jason alone.”
Vukovich also struggled with an addiction to methamphetamine and was in and out of jail. Since his arrest he’s said vigilantism shouldn’t be a solution for justice.
“Kids should be able to be safe in the streets and at church in Alaska,” Vukovich said.
As part of the plea agreement state prosecutors are requesting the judge sentence Vukovich to 28 years in prison with five suspended, which is the maximum combined sentence for the robbery and assault conviction.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Vukovich was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison, not 23.
Daniella Rivera contributed to this story.
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