Teen pleads guilty for role in murder of Willmar grandmother

WILLMAR, Minn. - A 16-year-old boy has struck a deal with prosecutors for his role in the murder of an elderly Willmar woman last summer.

The Kandiyohi Clerk of Courts confirms that Devon Jenkins agreed to plead guilty to one count of second degree murder without intent. Jenkins allegedly acted as the lookout while 79-year-old Lila Warwick was robbed, beaten and strangled.

Jenkins will serve in a juvenile institution until age 21 and also receive a stayed sentence of 180 months, which he would serve if he fails to meet the requirements of his plea agreement.

He will be officially sentenced January 27.

Two other teens, 19-year-old Brok Junkermeier and 18-year-old Robert Warwick, have both been indicted on first degree murder charges. Warwick is the victim's grandson.

Investigators say the men believed that Lila Warwick had $40,000 in a safe inside her home when they planned a robbery and entered her home last July. They say Junkermeier was the one who actually killed Warwick, strangling her, stabbing her a number of times and throwing her down stairs into the basement.


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