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Grandson to plead guilty in Willmar grandmother murder case

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

WILLMAR - A plea agreement has been reached for Robert Warwick, the 18-year-old facing two murder charges in the killing of his grandmother last year.

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Warwick’s attorney, Daniel Mohs, confirmed Thursday that a plea deal has been made.

Mohs said his client will plead guilty to one count of first-degree murder while committing a felony. A charge of premeditated first-degree murder will be dismissed.

A plea hearing before a judge is scheduled for Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The tentative agreement comes just weeks before Warwick’s trial, which was set to begin July 21.

Lila Warwick, 79, was found stabbed and strangled in her home on the east edge of Willmar last July. Three teenagers, including her grandson, were charged in the case, and two already have been sentenced.

Brok Junkermeier, who turned 20 this month, pleaded guilty in March to carrying out the killing. He is serving a life sentence without parole.

Devon Jenkins, now 17, pleaded guilty in December to aiding and abetting second-degree murder and received a juvenile sentence.

Prosecutors say Robert Warwick was the mastermind behind a plot to kill his grandmother for her money.

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