Teen Pleads Guilty in Death of Willmar Church Volunteer

Updated: 03/28/2014 6:33 PM
Created: 12/10/2013 11:49 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A teen has pleaded guilty to unintentional second-degree murder for the death of a woman who was found strangled and stabbed to death in her central Minnesota home on July 29.

Sixteen-year-old Devon Jenkins will get an extended juvenile sentence until he is 21 years old and a stayed adult sentence of 180 months in prison for the murder of 79-year-old Lila Warwick. The adult prison sentence will be put into effect if he fails to comply with the conditions.

Two other teens have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the incident. Nineteen-year-old Brok Junkermeier and 18-year-old Robert Warwick – the victim’s grandson – are both being held on unconditional bond of $2 million.
The indictment says Warwick is the mastermind of a plan to rob and kill his grandmother, Lila Warwick, last July at her home east of Willmar. Court documents say the teen believed his grandmother had a safe in her home containing more than $40,000.
The West Central Tribune says the grandmother's body was found by law enforcement officers checking on her welfare after she missed a meeting at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she was a volunteer.
Jenkins remains in custody at the Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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