Juvenile 'lookout' sentenced for role in Willmar grandmother's slaying


Devon Jenkins, 16, was waiting in the car while his friend, Brok Junkermeier, stabbed and strangled 79-year-old Lila Warwick inside her Willmar home last summer, according to authorities.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to unintentional second-degree murder in juvenile court. The West Central Tribune reports Jenkins was sentenced Monday to complete both secure and non-secure programs at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs, along with 100 hours of community service. He'll also be on probation until he's 21 years old.

If Jenkins violates the conditions of his sentence, he could face an adult sentence of 15 years in prison.

Jenkins was one of three teens charged in Lila Warwick’s death.

Prosecutors say Robert Warwick, 17, was the “mastermind” behind the plot to rob and kill his grandmother for cash. He and Junkermeier, 19, will be tried as adults and were indicted on first-degree murder charges in September.

Jenkins admitted that he and Junkermeier smoked marijuana before going to Lila Warick’s home during the early morning hours of July 29.

Armed with a long sword, Junkermeier said he was going to steal from Lila Warwick and kill her, according to Jenkins.

Junkermeier had even offered Jenkins $5,000 to come along, but Jenkins refused. He said he waited in the car where he fell asleep and woke up to Junkermeier returning to the vehicle, covered in blood.

Junkermeier’s trial has been scheduled for March 25. Warwick’s has not yet been scheduled, according to the Star Tribune.

At Monday's hearing, Jenkins told the judge that he has been in chemical dependency treatment since October, the West Central Tribune reports. He said he wants to complete the youth program, obtain his high school diploma and go to college.

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