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Guilty plea to manslaughter in fatal Aberdeen stabbing

September 28, 2021 GMT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — An Aberdeen man has changed his plea in a fatal stabbing as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Jacob Lane Lee Bad Wound, 24, has pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter in the death of Higinio Anthony Santiago who was found stabbed at an Aberdeen home on Aug. 26, 2020.

Bad Wound was initially charged with murder, pleaded not guilty in February and asked for a jury trial.

Court documents on the plea agreement say Bad Wound admitted causing the death of the 37-year-old man by using a knife. The agreement does not stipulate a sentencing agreement, just that the prison term cannot be more than 40 years, the Aberdeen American News reported.

The murder charge carried a mandatory life sentence.

The defense and prosecution will give arguments at a sentencing hearing Nov. 5.

Bad Wound remains in custody on a $1 million bond.