Wagner stabbing suspect appears in court, pleads not guilty to murder

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WAGNER — A suspect in a deadly Wagner stabbing last month pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday.

Ronald Bohn appeared in U.S. District Court virtually. According to court filings, he faces a second-degree murder charge involved in the Sept. 15 stabbing death of Isaac “Ike” Primeaux, Jr., 54, of Wagner, on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation.

He was indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury and is charged with "unlawfully and with malice aforethought murder a human being." Second-degree murder is defined as intentional killing that is not premeditated. A conviction carries a maximum sentence of life without parole.

Bohn, 50, of Wagner, had his initial hearing in the case on Thursday in front of U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Veronica Duffy. He was read his rights and advised of the maximum penalties. He was also appointed a federal public defender as counsel.

Previously, he was being held at the BIA Jail in Wagner and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on Thursday.


According to a scheduling order, the case has a Dec. 8 motions or potential plea agreement deadline. A jury trial is currently scheduled for Dec. 22.

The FBI was involved in the investigation, receiving the assistance of state and tribal law enforcement officers.

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