As expected, Brok Junkermeier was sentenced to life in prison this morning (Wednesday) for killing Lila Warwick last summer at her rural Willmar home.
The West Central Tribune reports the 19-year-old Willmar man read his own statement before Judge Donald Spilseth handed down the state-mandated guideline sentence for first-degree premeditated murder.
Junkermeier said he’d found God in jail, and realized that Warwick’s last words, that she could help him, that God could help him, were true.
“If I had listened to her kind words, I wouldn’t be sitting here,” Junkermeier said.
Both the prosecuting and defense attorneys praised Warwick’s family for their strength and courage, and Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank thanked the people of Kandiyohi County and law enforcement for their efforts in investigating the case.
Frank also alluded to the future, which could include one more murder trial for the Warwick family, that of 18-year-old grandson Robert Warwick, who allegedly planned his grandmother’s murder with Junkermeier.
The third teen charged in the case, Devon Jenkins, age 16, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in December to aiding and abetting second-degree murder.