Alaska man sentenced for assaulting men on sex offender list
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man who called himself an “avenging angel seeking justice” has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for attacking sex offenders.
Jason Vukovich, 42, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one assault and one robbery charge, KTVA-TV reported .
Vukovich assaulted three men he found on the state’s online sex offender registry in June 2016.
Vukovich said in court that he was physically and sexually abused by his stepfather while growing up, which caused his anger at sex offenders. He ran away from home as a teenager. He also struggled with an addiction to methamphetamine and was in and out of jail.
“Kids should be able to be safe in the streets and at church in Alaska,” Vukovich said.
Judge Erin Marston called Vukovich dangerous.
“I don’t believe that you’re an avenging angel, and you should not be glorified as one,” Marston said at the 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.”
Vukovich is eligible to apply for parole once he’s served almost six years of his sentence.
Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com