Jenkins Sentenced in Warwick Murder 27 Jan 14

Sixteen-year-old Devon Jenkins of Willmar was sentenced today to the secured program at Prairie Lakes Juvenile Detention Center for the July 29th murder of 79-year-old Lila Warwick of Willmar.

KWLM reports that if Jenkins can maintain a Level 3 rating for 8 consecutive weeks, he will be allowed to graduate to the non-secured program. Jenkins was also given a 180 month, or 15 year prison sentence, but it was stayed on the condition he remains law abiding, stay away from drugs and alcohol and obey all terms of probation.

His father, Fred Jenkins, was grateful for the sentence that gives his son a second chance and keeps him out of prison.

Last month Jenkins pleaded guilty to 1 count of Unintentional 2nd Degree Murder While Committing a Felony in connection with the slaying of Warwick.

Judge Michael Thompson said this was one of the more tragic cases he’s dealt with in more than 30 years of law enforcement. Thompson said anyone who thinks marijuana is harmless should talk to Devon Jenkins. He said instead of stopping his friend, Brok Junkermeier, from going into Lila Warwick’s house with a large knife and the intent to kill her, Jenkins decided to smoke more marijuana because he just didn’t care.

Junkermeier’s trial is set for March 25th.

Warwick’s grandson Robert Warwick, 19, is also charged and is awaiting a ruling from Judge Don Spilseth on the admissibility of statements and items recovered in a search warrant as evidence at his trial later this year.