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Ex-husband given life sentence for murdering DeKalb Co. prosecutor

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Stacia Hollinshead Web Pic
Stacia Hollinshead
Ulisses Medina Espinosa

JUNEAU, Wis. (WREX) — A Wisconsin man who pled guilty to murdering his ex-wife, a DeKalb County prosecutor, has been sentenced to prison for life.

Our sister station, WKOW, reports Ulisses Medina Espinosa, 33, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin will spend the rest of his life in prison after a Dodge County court found him guilty of his ex-wife's murder.

Medina Espinosa pleaded guilty to first-degree intentional homicide in December 2020.

Prosecutors said that Medina Espinosa shot Stacia Hollinshead March 23, 2019, because he had been legally prevented from seeing their 5-year-old daughter.

According to prosecutors, when police responded to the home for a 911 call, they found Medina Espinosa playing with his 5-year-daughter.

In the kitchen, they discovered the body of Hollinshead, who prosecutors say had been shot nearly 20 times.

The gun was found in the kitchen sink.

Dodge County assistant district attorney Kurt Klomberg did not mince words about Espinosa at his sentencing.

"Ulisses Medina Espinosa is a man of terrible character and is ultimately a coward," Klomberg said.

Hollinshead was an assistant state’s attorney in DeKalb County. She graduated from Northern Illinois University law school in May 2018 and began working for DeKalb County in November 2019.

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