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One of 3 teens pleads guilty in death of Willmar grandmother

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

WILLMAR — A Willmar teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a charge of unintentional second-degree murder for his role in the killing of a 79-year-old woman in her Willmar residence.

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As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, Devon Jenkins, 16, will receive an extended juvenile sentence until he’s 21 years old and a stayed adult sentence, of 180 months in prison, which will be executed if Jenkins fails to comply with the juvenile sentence conditions. Sentencing was set for Jan. 27.

Jenkins was accused along with Brok Junkermeier and Robert Warwick, the victim’s grandson, in the death of Lila Warwick on July 29.

Under questioning by Judge Michael J. Thompson, Jenkins said he and Junkermeier smoked marijuana and went to Warwick’s home during the early morning hours of July 29.

Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Warwick, 18, both of Willmar, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges. Both face the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

Jenkins was ordered to remain in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar until his sentencing.

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