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1/7/2020 12:02 p.m.

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV ) – Fond du Lac man, Nigel Schultz, has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for First Degree Intentional Homicide.

In August of 2019, Schultz pleaded guilty to shooting Beaver Dam man Bradlee Gerke 16 times.

According to the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office, Schultz had already amassed 10 felony convictions, and multiple misdemeanors, all committed prior to his 18th birthday, and prior to the homicide.

District Attorney Kurt F. Klomberg said at sentencing, “Never have I encountered an offender who had such an extensive criminal record at such a young age. The defendant viewed the killing as his most significant accomplishment, and bragged about it as if it was a badge of honor. I am totally convinced that he will kill again if given the opportunity. In the end I can find no redeeming value in this individual, and I believe he should never be allowed to be released from prison.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Fond du Lac man pleads guilty to intentional homicide, shot victim 16 times

8/16/2019 1:05 p.m.

DODGE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV ) – Nigel Schultz, 21 of Fond du Lac, pled guilty to First Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Bradlee Gerke of Beaver Dam.

According to the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office, shortly after being released from prison for a previous felony, Schultz viciously shot Bradlee Gerke 16 times in the back of the head and torso and buried Gerke in a shallow grave.

Schultz told sheriff’s deputies he killed Gerke because Gerke was going to turn him into police. Schultz repeated his confession to many others, including telling acquaintances on a recorded phone line that he killed someone, would be in jail for the rest of his life and that shooting someone 16 times “cannot be an accident.”

The DA’s office says Schultz’s conviction requires a mandatory life sentence. However, a judge can authorize a release date any time after twenty years.

Dodge County District Attorney Kurt F. Klomberg stated that he is recommending Schulz never be released from prison.

Klomberg stated, “This resolution is the same as what we would have achieved with a guilty verdict after trial. I am asking the court to sentence Schultz to spend the rest of his life in prison for this unbelievably violent and premeditated murder.”

“The defendant decided to plead because of the excellent work done by the Sheriff’s Detectives, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, the Wisconsin State Patrol and our staff in the District Attorney’s Office, as well as many others, he added, “I am grateful to the entire team for giving me the tools to protect the community from this killer and find justice for his victim.”

A sentencing hearing is set for January 7, 2020.

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