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Willmar teen pleads guilty in grandmother's death

July 2, 2014
Associated Press

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A Willmar teen has pleaded guilty in a plot to burglarize and kill his grandmother last summer.

Eighteen-year-old Robert Warwick pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder while committing a felony. Another count — of first-degree premeditated murder — was dismissed.

Warwick was scheduled for trial next month. His attorney has said while Warwick will face a life sentence, the lesser charge offers him the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Prosecutors say Warwick hatched the plan to rob and murder his grandmother, 79-year-old church volunteer Lila Warwick, in her Willmar home.

Robert Warwick's friend, Brok Junkermeier, now 20, pleaded guilty at his trial in April to killing the woman and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A third teen pleaded guilty in December for acting as a lookout.


Information from: Star Tribune,



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