(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man pled guilty Tuesday to First Degree Intentional Homicide for murdering his ex-wife. Ulisses Medina Espinosa shot and killed Stacia Hollinshead of Illinois last March inside a home on East Third Street in Beaver Dam.
Medina Espinosa and Hollinshead divorced two years ago and the 33-year-old lost custody of their child. The victim made plans to bring the girl to see her grandparents in Beaver Dam the weekend she was killed. The five-year-old told investigators that she was in the kitchen with her grandmother, heard the front door open, saw her dad and they met in the living room where he gave her a bunch of presents. Medina Espinosa then went into the kitchen and shot Hollinshead 15 times.
District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said investigators did a fantastic job putting together a solid case for the prosecution. However, he said the case would require that the young child of the victim would have to testify and relive that day when her life was forever changed. Klomberg added this agreement was the result of extensive consultation with the victim’s family, the police and the entire prosecution staff. The DA said it ensures that the defendant will be convicted and imprisoned for most if not all of his life, while shielding the innocent child from reliving the horrors of that day in open court.
Under Wisconsin Law, Medina Espinosa must be sentenced to life but may seek release to community supervision after a time set by the judge. The sentencing agreement in this case calls for the state to recommend the defendant be allowed to petition for release after 50 years in prison, when Medina Espinosa will be in his 80’s. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 5th.