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SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man has been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing during a fight in June.

A Woodbury County grand jury in November indicted Jeremy Lillich, 44, on one count of involuntary manslaughter, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by a two-year prison sentence. Lillich was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Woodbury County Jail on $2,000 bond.

He is accused in the June 3 stabbing death of James R.D. Purcell, 21, of Sioux City, near 420 17th St.

Police were dispatched to a disturbance involving a large group of people at the address. When officers arrived, they learned that Purcell had been stabbed and later died from his injuries. Police at the time said they believed the incident started as a fight over an alleged theft.

Until recently, Lillich had been serving a 10-year prison sentence on a 2013 drug conviction. According to Iowa Corrections Department records, Lillich would have been free on either work release or parole at the time of the stabbing. He was later returned to custody, and his tentative discharge date was listed as April 15.

An official at the Clarinda Correctional Facility said Wednesday that Lillich is no longer incarcerated there.


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