Murderer receives life sentence

Nigel Schultz sits between his attorneys, Ramneek Button, left, and Kate Findley during a hearing in Dodge County Circuit Court in 2019. Schultz was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday in the death of a Beaver Dam man.

JUNEAU — A former Portage man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday in the death of a Beaver Dam man, whose body was found buried in Lebanon.

In August, Nigel Schultz, 21, entered a no-contest plea to a felony count of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Bradlee Gerke. However, Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Martin De Vries found him guilty.

After Schultz entered his plea, Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said he would recommend Schulz never be released from prison.

“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,” Klomberg said. “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.”

Schultz is implicated along with Rebecca Wolc, 33, of Beaver Dam, who entered a no-contest plea to a felony count of harboring or aiding a felon. Wolc is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 16.

De Vries also imposed the life sentence without parole Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaints for Schultz and Wolc, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 31, 2018, alerting them that there was a body at N901 Redwing Road in the Town of Lebanon in Dodge County. Gerke’s body was recovered that evening.

Schultz convinced Gerke to go to the location where he shot Gerke in the back of the head. The complaint says Schultz then picked up another gun and shot Gerke 15 more times in the head and chest. Schultz then tried to burn the body, but was unable to do so and stole items from the body before burying him on the property.

Schultz was later located in Wolc’s apartment in Beaver Dam.

Schultz has a long criminal history, with felony convictions for violent offenses dating to when he was 17. Schultz’s probation was revoked for a 2016 conviction in February and he was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of probation.

Schultz told police that before Oct. 28, 2018, he believed Gerke was going to report him to authorities so his probation would be revoked, according to the complaint.

Schultz has been in custody since Nov. 1, 2018.

He is currently at Green Bay Correctional Institution, according to online court records.

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