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Grandson reaches plea deal in Willmar slaying

WILLMAR — A plea agreement has been reached for Robert Warwick, the 18-year-old facing two murder charges in the death of his grandmother last year.

Warwick’s attorney, Daniel Mohs, confirmed Thursday that a plea deal has been made.

Mohs said his client will plead guilty to one count of first-degree murder while committing a felony. A charge of premeditated first-degree murder will be dismissed.

A formal plea hearing before a judge is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The tentative agreement 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. Three teenagers, including her grandson, were arrested within days.

Warwick is the last of the three defendants to go to trial. A motion by his attorney to have the case moved out of Kandiyohi County due to pretrial publicity was denied.

Two young men already have been sentenced. Brok Junkermeier, who turned 20 this month, pleaded guilty in the midst of his trial in March to carrying out the killing. He is serving a life sentence without parole.

Anne Polta

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