Back in January, the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office and Pleasanton Police Department invited the community to join them in protesting the parole of convicted murderer, Kenneth Vodochodsky, who appeared before the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole on March 20.
“I am very pleased to report that the approximate 2,000 Parole Protest Letters on convicted murderer, Kenneth Vodochodsky, were successful,” said Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward.
Vodochodsky was denied parole by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.
Vodochodsky was convicted for his role in the murders of Atascosa County Deputy Sheriffs Thomas Monse and Mark Stephenson and DPS Trooper Terry Miller on October 12, 1999. He was originally convicted of Capital Murder by a jury in Karnes County and sentenced to Death. However, the Death Sentence was overturned by an appellate court and Vodochodsky subsequently pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for three 30-year sentences.
“We, the Pleasanton Police Department would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of our citizens who took the time to sign and deliver to us these Parole Denial letters,” said Pleasanton Chief of Police Ronald Sanchez. “As your Chief of Police, a day does not go by that I do not think of Mark, Thomas and Terry. We as a community owe it to their families to keep their memories alive and never forget their sacrifice. God Bless these officers and their families.”
On behalf of the families of Deputy Sheriffs Thomas Monse and Mark Stephenson and Trooper Terry Miller, Sheriff Soward would like to thank everyone for their support efforts and prayers.