ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Nearly two years after committing violent crimes against sex offenders, 42-year-old Jason Vukovich learned his fate from an Anchorage judge: A sentence of 28 years with five suspended.
"Vigilantism won't be accepted in our society," said Judge Erin B. Marston with the Anchorage Superior Court.
Case documents indicate that Vukovich used the state government sex offender registry to find his victims – three men previously convicted of sex offenses ranging from possession of child pornography to attempted sexual abuse of a minor. According to the state, all three served their prison terms and were required to report their home and work addresses.
Prosecutors say Vukovich used this information to track down these men at their homes between June 25 to June 29, 2016. On Monday, Vukovich was found guilty for threatening, assaulting and robbing them with a hammer.
Vukovich was apprehended on June 29, 2016 after local police conducted a traffic stop near one of the targeted homes. When APD searched Vukovich’s vehicle, they located a notebook with a list of names of the recent robbery victims. Police said the notebook also listed items that were reported stolen in all three cases.
Following his arrest, Vukovich penned a letter to Alaska Dispatch News, saying he had been physically and sexually abused as a child. He also described himself as an "avenging angel."
A victim alleged that during one of the robberies, Vukovich claimed he was there "because of [the victim’s] past crimes."
In defense of his actions, Vukovich argued that the court system once failed him, because his own assailant never received punishment. However, the judge explained that Alaska now has a mandatory punishment in place.
Under Alaska's current system, an 18-year-old who has consensual sex with a 14-year-old faces the same registration requirements as someone convicted of a violent rape and murder: 15 years on the list after getting out of prison.
Marston found that Vukovich had zero affiliation with his victims.