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Teen pleads to lesser charge in threatening case

WILLMAR — Juan Guillermo Carranza, 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of fifth-degree assault stemming from an August incident that included threatening a woman.

As part of a plea agreement reached in the juvenile case in Kandiyohi County District Court, a felony charge of terroristic threats will be dismissed and the misdemeanor charge was amended from domestic assault. Carranza’s dispositional hearing is Nov. 18.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public information.

The charges were filed after Willmar police officers were called around 11:15 p.m. Aug. 7 to a residence on the southeast side of the city. A woman there reported that Carranza had threatened to kill her after the boy had demanded his iPad. The woman told police she told Carranza that she didn’t know where the tablet computer was, which caused him to become upset and begin yelling at her.

The woman said Carranza told her that he was going to get his friends and they were going to “kill her like what happened to that old lady,” referencing the July homicide of Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar.

Warwick was found dead July 29 in her home along U.S. Highway 12 East after Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies were called to check on her welfare. Two young men, Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Inocencio Warwick, 17, have been indicted on first-degree murder in the case. Warwick will be tried as an adult. A third boy, Devon James Jenkins, 16, faces second-degree murder charges as a juvenile.

The woman told officers that she was upset and scared of what Carranza would do to her while she was sleeping. She also said that the boy had pushed her in the past and had taken away her diabetes medications, telling her that he hoped taking away the medication would kill her.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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