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Teen Changes Mind, Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Willmar Grandmother

Updated: 04/03/2014 7:44 AM
Created: 04/02/2014 2:59 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough

A 19-year-old man changed his mind and has decided to plead guilty to killing a friend's grandmother.

Testimony in the trial of Brok Junkermeier was set to resume Wednesday afternoon, but instead he ended up pleading guilty to one charge of first-degree, premeditated murder in Kandiyohi County.
    
The jury on Tuesday watched Junkermeier's taped confession to killing 79-year-old church volunteer Lila Warwick after forcing her to write him a check for $1,500 last July near Willmar.
    
Junkermeier admitted to the crime and wanted to plead guilty to keep "the families from having to listen to more of the evidence."
    
While he was on trial for carrying out the murder, Warwick's grandson, Robert, is accused of being the mastermind.  His trial date isn't set. 

According to his defense attorney, Junkermeier will be sentenced April 9. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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