(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the murder of his ex-wife. Ulisses Medina Espinosa pled guilty in December to First Degree Intentional Homicide for the 2019 shooting death of his ex-wife, Stacia Hollinshead of Illinois inside a home on East Third Street in Beaver Dam.
Medina Espinosa and Hollinshead – an assistant state’s attorney – divorced two years prior and the 33-year-old had 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 19 times.
Several of Hollinshead’s family members spoke at the sentencing. They described her as a hardworking, intelligent, devoted mother who had wanted to be an attorney since she was a child. The defendant claimed mental instability and a perceived need to defend himself at the time of the shooting.
Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg told the court that the defendant was angry with Hollinshead because of the financial strain he faced after their divorce. The result was that Medina Espinosa shot Hollinshead repeatedly in the back, in his mother’s home, in the presence of his young daughter. At sentencing, Klomberg said “Ulisses Medina Espinosa is a man of terrible character and is ultimately a coward.”