DeKalb County Veterans Program Honoring Stacia Hollinshead | Local News

In the background, Stacia Hollinshead served. She served those she worked with in the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office, and she served her country.

Seven months after the 30-year-old Dieterich native was shot and her ex-husband was charged with murder, the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office is launching a program for veterans in l honor of Hollinshead.

Hollinshead worked as an assistant state attorney before his untimely death in March. She was also an 11-year army veteran where she worked as an intelligence analyst.

DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato recently announced the Stacia Hollinshead Veterans Diversion Program. Amato said in a press release that his office believes the program is the best way to honor Hollinshead’s life.

“In considering how best to honor Stacia, it was important to consider how she lived her life,” Amato said in the statement. “On every level and in every relationship, Stacia has served others and honored so many in her journeys and milestones. »

Amato said the program is designed to help military veterans facing certain criminal charges obtain professional rehabilitation services. This program aims to reduce a veteran’s risk of re-offending and to help veterans become productive members of their community once again.

The program is a partnership between the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office and the DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission. Amato said both offices recognize physical and psychological trauma that can have lasting effects and contribute to multiple disorders, increasing the likelihood of criminal behavior.

To participate in the program, the State’s Attorney’s Office will consider whether current and prior military service is a compelling mitigating factor when creating a plea offer. DeKalb County prosecutors will then seek rehabilitation and treatment sentences for the veterans.

The state’s attorney’s office will not consider domestic assault, sexual offenses or aggravated violent offenses for the program.

Amato recommended that veterans charged with a criminal offense immediately notify their attorney of their service record, and their attorney will in turn notify the prosecutor.

Veterans will be asked to submit an application, which will include consent forms. If accepted into the program, veterans will have to go through all of the program’s procedures, including mental health and substance abuse assessments, and prosecutors will then recommend treatment.

If a veteran successfully completes the program, the case will be resolved with a reduced sentence. Failure of the program will send the case back to court and the defendant will be convicted on the basis of the original charge.

Amato said he is looking forward to seeing the program help those who have served, like Hollinshead.

“I am happy to make this program available to those who have served their country and who need an extra helping hand in their return to civilian life,” said Amato. “This is an excellent and honorable tribute to Stacia, who served her country and her community with honor and sacrifice.”

Hollinshead was laid to rest on April 1 at Leith Cemetery in Mason’s countryside. A 21-gun salute, clappers and full military rights honored his service to the country.

Medina Espinosa, 31, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, has been charged with first degree intentional homicide, a Class A felony in Dodge County, Wisconsin. Hollinshead, who was living in Sycamore at the time of her death, brought her 5-year-old daughter to Wisconsin on March 23 to visit the parents of Medina Espinosa, the girl’s grandparents.

Wisconsin authorities say Medina Espinosa arrived at her parents’ house unannounced, shot her ex-wife 15 times in the head and back, then knelt down next to her daughter and told her “the judge can’t hurt us anymore”.

At the time of her murder, the Hollinshead sisters told authorities that Medina Espinosa often stalked, manipulated and harassed Hollinshead, even before their divorce in 2018. Authorities said the murder was considered an act of domestic violence.

Medina Espinosa is currently being held at the Dodge County Jail, where he is being held on $2 million bond. Since his arrest, Medina Espinosa has pleaded not guilty, and he is next due to appear in court on December 9 for a motion hearing.

Medina Espinosa’s jury trial is scheduled for February 10, 2020 in Branch Four of the Circuit Court in Dodge County, Wisconsin.

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