Man Who Helped Murder Three Officers Up For Parole, Sheriff Aims To Stop Him

Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward isn't going to let Kenneth Vodochodsky get parole in March if he can help it.

Jourdanton, TX – The Atascosa County sheriff has asked the community to help him stop a criminal who helped kill three law enforcement officers from getting parole in March.

Kenneth Vodochodsky pleaded guilty to making a phony 911 call to lure Atascosa County Sheriff’s Deputies Thomas Monse and Mark Stephenson and Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Terry Miller into a fatal ambush on Oct. 12, 1999, WOAI reported.

Prosecutors said that Vodochodsky bailed his roommate out of jail the day before he initiated the ambush, according to Murderpedia.

The roommate told Vodochodsky that he wanted to retaliate against the officers who had locked him up on assault charges.

So they went to a gun shop and bought $200 in ammunition to take home with them, Murderpedia reported.

Then Vodochodsky called 911 for help while his co-defendant set up to wait with his gun for responding units so that he could systematically kill the officers.

Deputies Monse and Stephenson were the first to arrive on the scene at the mobile home, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Both deputies were fatally shot as they tried to get out of their patrol car.

Then the suspect took both of the deputies’ weapons and went to wait in a ditch across the street for additional responding officers, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported.

When the deputies didn’t respond to calls from their dispatcher, a state trooper was dispatched to check on them, according to Murderpedia.

Trooper Miller was alive long enough to report that there were “officers down” when he arrived at the mobile home, but then he was fatally shot before he even took off his seat belt, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported.

Backup arrived and a gun battle between gunman and officers ensued.

The gunman shot and wounded two more law enforcement officers before he turned one of the stolen service weapons on himself, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported.

Vodochodsky was convicted of the three murders and sentenced to death in March of 2001.

But he appealed and got the conviction overturned, then pleaded guilty under an agreement that sentenced him to only 30 years in prison, according to the Officer Down Memorial page.

Vodochodsky was denied parole in 2015, WOAI reported.

The convict launched a column on a prisoner blog looking for a girlfriend and an online petition for a pardon.

“I am straight and single and am looking for a friendship with an option for something more–with someone whom I can learn, grow, and experience life with,” the convicted cop killer wrote on Uncaptive Voices.

“Unfortunately, I am incarcerated for a crime I did not commit, I have been incarcerated since October 15, 1999,” Vodochodsky wrote. “My next parole review date is set for March of 2020. My incarceration is no secret and has been highly publicized. I am very open, and am willing to provide any info regarding my case and myself. Or you can google my name.”

But the sheriff of the county where Vodochodsky helped his friend senselessly slaughter three heroes doesn’t plan to sit still and let the cop killer get released, KSAT reported.

“Just over 20 years ago we lost three brave heroes to the cowardly actions of two lousy criminals,” Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward posted to Facebook. “Kenneth Vodochodsky, after getting his death sentence on a Capital Murder conviction overturned, pled guilty to three 30-year sentences for his part in the premeditated ambush murders of Deputy Sheriffs Thomas Monse and Mark Stephenson and DPS Trooper Terry Miller.”

“The smirking coward below will come up for parole in March of this year,” Sheriff Soward continued. “I have initiated a campaign to give the friends and family of these three officers more justice and peace of mind and keep Vodochodsky in prison as long as possible.”

The sheriff said that any U.S. citizen may submit a letter to the Texas Parole Board to protest parole for Vodochodsky.

If you want to support Sheriff Soward’s campaign to keep a three-time cop killer in prison, send a letter to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Victim Services Division, P.O. Box 13401 Capital Station, Austin, Texas 78711-3401.

Comments (38)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

64/69.

bryantrent
bryantrent

I am with the Sherrif

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

So he killed 3 Law Enforcement Officers and wounded 2 more and they accepted a plea deal of 30 years? Why didn’t he get a needle in his arm?? Unbelievable that a person can kill a LE Officer and only get 30 years! They need to bring back public hangings on all murder conviction cases.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

He should have been hung the first time around. He is every bit as guilty as the guy who pulled the trigger. He should serve the full 30 years.

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

They should have upheld his death penalty and killed this bastard. Good on the Sheriff for getting the public support!

gfc1963
gfc1963

He should not be around to worry about parole. He should have been executed years ago. But if he does get out, I hope he doesn't have long to enjoy his freedom!

DNW
DNW

Confusing. I have read several versions of this incident. The others state that it was not Vodochodsky but the shooter who made the 911 call. V's admission of guilt was part of a plea bargain to get less jail time.

Steffc
Steffc

This cowardly fiend who caused the death of three officers deserves to be locked away for life. He should have gotten capital punishment. Public hangings or firing squad should be used for all law enforcement murders. It is hard to believe that the state I dearly love and respect allowed this murderer to bargain for his worthless life. I will write the letter and hope all of you who read this will also do it. God bless the sheriff for standing his ground.

Sully4711
Sully4711

This guy needed to meet his maker long ago. No American taxpayers would want to pay from their pocket a monthly payment to pay for free room and board for this guy, Why do American not want to execute when they think they are not paying through taxes that could go to a Good cause instead of 3 hots and a cot for this guy. We salute Police Officers everywhere for their courage in protecting us!

Proudnurse
Proudnurse

I would send a letter if I could. Right now I’m living overseas and not returning until September. Anyone who is able, please respond to this request by the sheriff by writing a letter protesting Vodochodsky’s release. He doesn’t deserve it and is scamming people by pretending to be innocent.

Commonsense1
Commonsense1

How is it even possible that this POS is even close to be considered for parole????

investigator
investigator

WHY, WHY, WHY, isn't he dead?????

NomonK
NomonK

Why our justice system doesn't have the guts to set firm no early release sentences. Let 30 years mean 30 years with good behavior. If they act up add time.

Kevcali
Kevcali

Who let him plead that down? Since it wasn't the needle, should have at least been 30 years for each murder. And then some for the assaults of the injured! SMH...