Dodge County man sentenced to life in prison for murder of ex-wife

Complaint: 5-year-old girl, defendant’s mother heard fatal Beaver Dam shooting
Dodge County Sheriff's Office
Ulisses Medina Espinosa

JUNEAU, Wis. — A Beaver Dam man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for murdering his ex-wife.

On March 2019, 33-year-old Ulisses Medina Espinosa entered a residence in Beaver Dam as Stacia Hollinshead and the couple’s five-year-old child were visiting Medina’s parents. Officials said the man shot Hollinshead 19 times in front of their child.

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

The man claimed he was mentally unstable and had a “perceived need to defend himself at the time of the shooting,” according to Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg’s office.

Klomberg told the court Medina Espinosa was angry with Hollinshead because he was financially strained after their divorce.

“Ulisses Medina Espinosa is a man of terrible character and is ultimately a coward,” Klomberg said during the sentencing Monday.