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Teen pleads guilty in grandmother's murder, sentenced to life

WILLMAR - A Willmar teen pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in the stabbing death of his grandmother in July 2013.

Lila Warwick, 79, was found dead in the basement of her Willmar home last July. She had been stabbed and strangled.

Authorities have said they considered Robert Warwick, 18, to be the mastermind behind the murder, which was intended to steal money from Lila Warwick.

Robert Warwick pleaded guilty in Kandiyohi County District Court to first-degree murder while committing a burglary. District Judge David Mennis sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Robert Warwick admitted on the stand that he could have reasonably foreseen that his grandmother would be killed when his friend Brok Junkermeier entered her home with a large knife that morning. He said the intent was to steal her money and have her write a check to them.

Defense attorney Daniel Mohs said Warwick has always maintained there was no intent to kill her.

Junkermeier pleaded guilty this year to first-degree premeditated murder and is serving life in prison with no possibility of parole.

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