An Alaska man who used the sex offender registry to track down and assault men who were convicted of sex crimes against is now facing criminal charges of his own, but many people in his home state and beyond are celebrating his actions as heroic.
Jason Vukovich, a 42-year-old from Anchorage who was abused as a child, embarked on a violent spree against sex offenders last summer and is now warning others to not make the same mistakes he did, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
“If you have already lost your youth, like me, due to a child abuser, please do not throw away your present and your future by committing acts of violence,” Vukovich wrote in a handwritten letter provided to the outlet in November.
“There is no place for vigilante justice in an ordered society and I want to deter others that find themselves in a similar position as I found myself in the summer of 2016,” he continued.
Vukovich is facing up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree attempted assault and a consolidated count of first-degree robbery, a deal that saw prosecutors wave away over a dozen other charges filed against him. He was scheduled for sentencing on Wednesday, but his attorney is asking for more time to prepare.
At the end of last year, Vukovich suggested a deal that would see him spend less time behind bars than the combined sentences of the three men he attacked, as well as the man who molested him as a child. Now, he is hoping that people who hear his story are moved to walk a different path.
“[I]t’s important to me that someone else who was born and raised in Alaska who had a similar upbringing doesn’t end up with this outcome because quite candidly, it sucks,” he told the outlet in a jailhouse interview.