Two years have passed since convicted murderer Kenneth Vodochodsky was denied parole by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole. In 2020, Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward invited the Atascosa County community to join him in protesting Vodochodsky’s parole in which approximately 2,000 letters were turned over to the parole board.
Vodochodsky was a friend of Jeremiah Engleton who lured law enforcement officers to his home on Corgey Road on Oct. 12, 1999. Engleton had been arrested for domestic violence and was bailed out by Vodochodsky. The pair then visited a local gun shop and bought several hundred rounds of ammunition. Three officers were killed that night by Engleton including Atascosa County Sheriff’s Deputies Mark Stephenson and Thomas Monse and DPS Trooper Terry Miller. Two more were injured that night, Pleasanton Police Officer Louis Tudyk and retired Border Patrol Officer Carl Fisher.
Vodochodsky was originally convicted of Capital Murder by a Karnes County jury and sentenced to death. The death penalty sentence was overturned by an appellate court, and Vodochodsky subsequently pled guilty to murder in exchange for three 30- year sentences.
Vodochodsky is once again up for parole this year and will come before the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole in March.
“I personally do not believe this individual has served an adequate amount of time for the horrific cowardly ambush murders of three extraordinary brave peace officers, all who had families including children and the wives that were left behind. I am asking you to please join me in protesting the parole of this criminal,” said Sheriff Soward.
Protest letters will be available at the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office at 1108 Campbell through March 1. If you wish to protest Vodochodsky’s parole, you may stop by the Sheriff’s Office where you can sign a letter and it will be mailed to the Parole Board for you. If you would like a letter to be emailed to you that you can sign and mail in yourself, you can call the ACSO at 830-769-3434 ext. 2224, and request the secretary to email it to you.
You may also stop by the Pleasanton Police Department at 704 W. Oaklawn Rd. to sign a letter.
“We are again asking for our community’s support as Vodochodsky is coming up for parole in March,” said Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez. “He was an active and willing participant in the senseless deaths of Atascosa County Deputies Mark Stephenson and Thomas Monse and Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Terry Miller on Oct. 12, 1999. Please join us in signing parole denial letters that will be mailed to the Parole Board, and help us keep him where he belongs.”
Letters are also available at The Good Health Store located at 103 N. Smith St. in Pleasanton.
If you have any questions, you may contact Sheriff Soward at 830-769- 3434 ext. 2225 or email him at Atascosa.county. sheriff@acso-tx-org.
“For no greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” said Sheriff Soward, referring to his favorite Bible verse, John 15:13.