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Willmar teen expected to get life sentence today for murder

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WILLMAR - Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. today for a Willmar teen who pleaded guilty last week to first-degree premeditated murder in the slaying of an elderly woman last summer.

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Brok Junkermeier, 19, is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He has been in the Kandiyohi County Jail since his arrest in July, two days after Lila Warwick, 79, was found dead in the basement of her home on the east edge of Willmar.

A jury trial was underway last week when Junkermeier surprised the court by pleading guilty to the most serious charge. A second charge of first-degree murder without premeditation, which would have included the possibility of parole after 30 years, was dismissed.

At today’s hearing, Judge Donald Spilseth will hear victim impact statements from Warwick’s family.

Warwick’s grandson, Robert Warwick, 18, is also charged with two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly planning the death of his grandmother.

A third teen charged in the case, Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in December to aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

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