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Section A: General News


Convicted murderer could be paroled


Convicted murderer could be paroled
The ambush in Atascosa County that left three law-enforcement officers dead and two wounded on Oct. 12, 1999, was the lead story in the Oct. 20, 1999, edition of the Wilson County News.


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According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), convicted cop-killer Kenneth Vodochodsky could be eligible for parole on or about Oct. 14. That date is just two days after the 15th anniversary of an ambush orchestrated by Jeremiah Engleton and Vodochodsky, which ended in the deaths of three law-enforcement officers.

In a 2001 trial that was held in Karnes County, Vodochodsky was convicted of capital murder. Three years later, an appeals court reversed that conviction, due to insufficient evidence. Then in 2006, Vodochodsky accepted a plea bargain. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder and two counts of attempted capital murder.

The law makes Vodochodsky eligible for parole after at least half of his time is served. Because he already had been in custody for seven years, Vodochodsky could be paroled this year. The actual date of his parole hearing is tentative, according to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Some area lawmen do not want to see the convicted killer paroled.

“I don’t think he deserves any early release whatsoever,” said Investigator Gary Laughlin of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Laughlin was among the sheriff’s office personnel who drove to the home on Coughran Road outside Pleasanton on the night of Oct. 12, 1999, where the 21-year-old Engleton was engaged in a firefight. This, after Engleton shot to death Atascosa County sheriff’s deputies Thomas Monse Jr. and Mark Stephenson, and Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Terry Miller. The three officers were lured to the home by a bogus 911 call; court documents reveal that Engleton and his childhood friend, a then-19-year-old Vodochodsky, planned the event as revenge for Engleton’s arrest on spousal abuse charges two days before.

Also wounded in the confrontation were Pleasanton police Officer Louis Tudyk and retired U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carl Fisher, who were among the officers who converged on the scene.

“I got a call from dispatcher Billy Bailey that two officers were down, and there was a third but we didn’t know his situation,” Laughlin said. “They asked for all of the help they could get. I started putting on my gear.”

Stephenson and Monse both were 31 and married. Stephenson was a father of three children while Monse left behind four. Miller, 37, was married with two children.

“There’s three families with fathers who are never coming back,” Laughlin said.

Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward added, “For the crimes Vodochosky was convicted of, 15 years in prison is not near enough. He and Jeremiah Engleton left nine children without a father, and three wives without their husbands. He should spend the maximum amount of time in prison that is legally possible.”

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Those wishing to write to support or protest the possible parole of Kenneth Vodochodsky are urged to send letters, no later than Sept. 14, to:
•Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Attn: Ombudsman, 8610 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78757
•Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Attn: Donna Graham-Green, Regional Operations Supervisor, Houston Regional Hearings Operations, 4949 W. 34th St., Ste. A-3, Houston, TX 77092
•Via email: bpp-pio@tdcj.state.tx.us
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 3, 2014 11:03am
 
The court of appeals ruled that there was insufficient evidence for a conviction. This would indicate that the jurors made a wrong decision based on the evidence presented. I think that is called a 'rush to judgment'. I'm sure ... More ›

 
Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
July 3, 2014 9:50am
 
if you remember the facts of the case this guy was with the shooter buying ammo,, but left before the event.the police assumed he helped plan the event. maybe he found out too late what was going to happen and left before it ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 3, 2014 9:12am
 
CTP .... DAs DAs DAs ... They walk among us.

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
July 3, 2014 6:50am
 
Prairie Grouch, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!!!!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 2, 2014 3:56pm
 
CTP - Your opinions are a prime example of emotions blotting out all logic. It should not be forgotten that the Texas Court of appeals overturned his conviction by a 6 to 2 vote for insufficient evidence. Faced with questionable ... More ›

 
Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
July 2, 2014 3:47pm
 
Hey Gibbs, Why's your article so one-sided? I agree he should be locked up for term or longer but why does your article read like Vodochodsky was the trigger man?

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
July 2, 2014 3:03pm
 
He deserves to rot in hell!!!! I hope all these people show up for his hearing. And if he were ever to get out, I hope he moves somewhere far, far away. That is a night no one will ever forget!!!!

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