Ex-husband pleads guilty in brutal murder of DeKalb County Assistant State’s Legal professional Stacia Hollinshead

Lisa D. Small

JUNEAU, Wisc. — A 33-12 months-old Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, guy pleaded guilty to 1st diploma homicide Tuesday in the slaying of his ex-spouse Stacia Hollinshead, a DeKalb County prosecutor who he shot 15 situations in the head and again in front of their 5-year-aged daughter in March 2019.

Medina Espinosa was charged in March 2019 with the shooting demise of Hollinshead, of Sycamore, who worked as an assistant state’s legal professional in the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s workplace. He was put in custody with a $2 million bond. Hollinshead experienced sought authorized security towards him prior to her loss of life, according to DeKalb County court data.

The capturing took spot at a 3rd Avenue home in Beaver Dam when Hollinshead, 30, an 11-year Army veteran and a Northern Illinois College law school graduate, had driven to Wisconsin that day with her 5-yr-outdated daughter so that the woman could take a look at her grandparents – Medina Espinosa’s mom and dad. Hollinshead was shot 15 situations whilst the lady was in a nearby area after Medina Espinosa entered the household. Immediately after the shooting, court documents display Medina Espinosa knelt by his daughter and instructed her “the choose will not harm us any more.”

Medina Espinosa will get a everyday living sentence but less than the phrases of the plea arrangement might be eligible for parole and local community supervision. The prosecution agrees to argue for no a lot more than 50 years in jail until he is suitable for parole and the defense no much less than 30 yrs in prison till he is suitable for parole in the course of sentencing. Dodge County, Wisconsin, Judge Joseph Sciascia, who is presiding above the situation, can adhere to the suggestions, but might also use facts in the circumstance to sentence outside of the recommendations.

Medina Espinosa appeared Tuesday with his attorneys, Victor Arellano and Douglas Phebus.

Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg created an supply and Phebus said he, along with Arellano, discussed the present at size with Medina Espinosa which led to a counteroffer to Klomberg, who declined the supply.

On Friday, Medina Espinosa decided to acknowledge the original present prior to the motion listening to that experienced been scheduled in his scenario Tuesday.

Medina Espinosa was scheduled for a a few-7 days demo starting on Jan 25 prior to getting into into the settlement.

“The investigators in this matter did a excellent occupation placing alongside one another a solid case for prosecution,” Klomberg claimed in a push launch. “However, proving the scenario would need that the very young boy or girl of the victim would have to testify and relive that day when her lifestyle was eternally modified. This arrangement was the final result of substantial consultation with the spouse and children of the target, the police and the full prosecution staff members of our office environment. It makes sure that the defendant will be convicted and imprisoned for most if not all of his everyday living, while also shielding this harmless kid from reliving the horrors of that working day in open up courtroom.”

Hollinshead was a indigenous of Effingham, Illinois. She graduated from Northern Illinois University School of Legislation in May well 2018 after being a U.S. Army intelligence analyst for 11 many years. Hollinshead experienced filed for divorce from Medina Espinosa in 2016 and submitted for a protective buy from him the identical calendar year.

A presentencing investigation will be done prior to Medina Espinosa’s sentencing, which is scheduled on April 5 at 9 a.m.

• Day by day Chronicle editor Kelsey Rettke contributed to this report.

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