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Warwick plea hearing scheduled Wednesday morning

WILLMAR — Robert Warwick, 18, is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday morning in Kandiyohi County District Court for his alleged role in the death of his grandmother last year.

Warwick’s attorney, Daniel Mohs previously told the Tribune that his client will plead guilty to one count of first-degree murder while committing a felony. An additional charge of premeditated first-degree murder will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

It comes just weeks before Warwick’s trial, which was set to begin July 21.

Lila Warwick, 79, was found stabbed and strangled in her home on the east edge of Willmar last July.

Robert Warwick is the last of the three defendants to go to trial on charges for her death.

Brok Junkermeier, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in March to carrying out the killing. He is serving a life sentence without parole.

Devon Jenkins, 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in December to aiding and abetting second-degree murder. He was sentenced in January to complete both the secure and non-secure program at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs, followed by probation and community service.

Prosecutors alleged the three youths carried out the crime together and that Robert Warwick was reportedly the mastermind behind a plot to kill his grandmother for her money.