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Jenkins pleads in Warwick murder, to receive extended juvenile sentence

WILLMAR — Devon Jenkins, 16, of Willmar, pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of unintentional second-degree murder for his role in the July 29 killing of Lila Warwick at her Willmar residence.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, Jenkins will receive an extended juvenile jurisdiction sentence until he’s 21 years old and a stayed adult sentence, of 180 months in prison, which will be executed if Jenkins fails to comply with the juvenile sentence conditions. Sentencing was set for Jan. 27.

Under questioning by District Judge Michael J. Thompson, Jenkins said he and Brok Junkermeier, who faces first-degree murder charges in the case, smoked marijuana and went to Warwick’s home during the early morning hours of July 29.

Junkermeier had a mask, gloves and an 8-inch to 1-foot long sword with him and told Jenkins that “he was going to steal from her and kill her,” Jenkins said.

The teen said Junkermeier sat in the vehicle for a little while before entering Warwick’s home and seemed nervous, offering Jenkins $5,000 to come along.

Jenkins also said he now feels that his questions to Junkermeier, including rhetorical questions about if Junkermeier was actually going to do it and why they were at the house if Junkermeier wasn’t going to go inside, may have pushed Junkermeier to do the crime to save face with him.

Jenkins stayed in the car while Junkermeier went into the house and Jenkins said that he knew that Junkermeier was at least going to rob Warwick or burglarize her home. He said he smoked more marijuana and watched videos on his phone before falling asleep.

The teen woke as Junkermeier was returning to the vehicle, he said. “He was bloody from the incident,” Jenkins said, noting that Junkermeier told him that Lila Warwick was dead.

Junkermeier, 19, and Robert Warwick, 18, both of Willmar, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the case. Both face the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

Robert Warwick was the alleged mastermind of the crime, and was allegedly motivated by a large amount of money he suspected was in his grandmother’s possession. Junkermeier allegedly entered the 79-year-old grandmother’s home and stabbed and strangled her after making her write him a check from her bank account.

The teens also allegedly returned to Lila Warwick’s home later and stole a small safe and other items from the residence. Some of the items were found later at Junkermeier’s home.

Jenkins was ordered to remain in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Detention Center in Willmar until his sentencing.

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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