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UPDATE: Wis. woman who lost 3 kids accused of ID theft

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED Sunday, October 20, 2013 --- 2:31 p.m.

DODGEVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A woman whose husband was convicted of starting a fire that killed three of their children and badly burned her is accused of identity theft while was she was recovering.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/17XwviY ) Sharon Wand sustained third-degree burns over much of her body during Argyle fire in September 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, while at a Dodgeville nursing home the 28-year-old allegedly ordered flowers for herself from two different florists using names of at least five different people in May.

She faces six felony counts of identity theft.

In May, Wand was charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft after police said she stole jewelry, a ceramic figurine and other items at the same facility.

A message left Sunday for Wand's attorney was not immediately returned.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 31, 2013--6:30p.m.
Sharon Wand reportedly sent a letter to an area newspaper--saying her husband is innocent. This comes after her husband, Armin Wand, pleaded guilty to charges of first degree intentional homicide and arson. For that he was given three consecutive life sentences.

The fire killed Armin and Sharon Wand's three young sons. Sharon suffered burns and nearly died. She also had a miscarriage.
Authorities say Armin set the blaze, in hopes of killing his family and then collecting insurance money. His brother, Jeremy, also faces charges in connection with this fire.

In April, Sharon Wand spoke at her husband's sentencing, condemning him for his role in the murders.

Since then, she's been accused of stealing while at a rehab facility.

And today, she's changing her story about the fire.
The Monroe Times received a letter--reportedly from Sharon--saying she lied about Armin and Jeremy's involvement in the fire. Now she says both men are innocent and that she lied to authorities about them because she was looking for somebody to blame.

So what prompted the change in her story?
Her guardian declined our request for an interview with Sharon.

We want to make clear that we do not know details of Sharon and Armin Wand's marriage. But we did speak with a domestic violence expert, who says it's not uncommon for victims to recant their stories.
"Overcoming that trauma is a long-term process and so it makes sense that at some point victims might deny the abuse even to themselves as an attempt to make that pain end," explained Tony Gibart, of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

Gibart also says few people can understand the trauma that Sharon Wand has been through and says we need to be very humble when trying to understand what she's going through now.

Again, we do not know details of the Wand's marriage, but we do know that Sharon had filed for divorce back in January of this year.
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UPDATED Wednesday, July 31, 2013 --- 10:22 a.m.

In a letter reportedly from Sharon Wand has been sent to the Monroe Times, apparently recanting her story about a fatal fire.

Wand was injured in a September 2012 fire in Argyle. Her three sons died in the fire. Wand later suffered a miscarriage. Her 2-year-old daughter escaped the fire.

Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole in the case. Jeremy Wand is also charged in the fire and had pleaded guilty, but recently said he wants to withdraw his pleas.

In the letter sent to the Monroe Times says, Sharon Wand says the things she said about Armin Wand are not true. She says that innocent people are in custody.

To read the letter, click HERE.

For a link to the Monroe Times, click HERE.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 2:47 p.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- An 18-year-old man charged with helping his brother kill three of his young children in an Argyle house fire has pleaded guilty.

Jeremy Wand pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count each of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, felony murder and arson.

Green County Circuit Judge Thomas Vale asked Wand repeatedly whether he understood the consequences of his plea. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the judge ultimately accepted Wand's plea.

Wand was accused of helping Armin Wand set the fire that killed Armin Wand's three sons and the fetus of Armin Wand's wife, Sharon, in September.

The plea deal includes no guarantee that prosecutors will not seek life in prison without chance for parole.

Jeremy Wand was scheduled to go on trial next month.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 11:33 a.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- An 18-year-old man charged with helping his brother kill three of his young children in an Argyle house fire plans to plead guilty in the case.

Jeremy Wand allegedly helped Armin Wand set the fire that killed Armin Wand's three sons and the fetus of Armin Wand's wife, Sharon in September.

His attorney Frank Medina told Wisconsin State Journal that Jeremy Wand is expected to plead guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide as well as attempted first-degree intentional homicide and felony murder.

The deal includes no guarantee that prosecutors will not seek life in prison without chance for parole. It was discussed at a hearing Wednesday morning in Lafayette County but the judge set another hearing later Wednesday so Wand can fully consider the deal's implications.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 12, 2013 --- 10:15 a.m.

A plea hearing is expected today for an Argyle man charged with helping his brother kill three of his young children in a house fire.

Jeremy Wand had a motion hearing Wednesday morning. He now is expected in court Wednesday afternoon for a plea hearing.

Wand was charged after police said a fire he helped set with Armin Wand killed Armin Wand's three sons and the fetus of Armin Wand's wife, Sharon.

Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole in April.

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UPDATED Thursday, May 23, 2013 --- 2:31 p.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors will come from Portage County for the trial of an Argyle man charged with helping his brother kill three of his young children in a house fire.

Lafayette County Judge Thomas Vale says questionnaires for potential jurors were sent last week for the trial of 18-year-old Jeremy Wand. The trial is scheduled for July in Lafayette County. The Wisconsin State Journal reports jurors will be sequestered.

Wand was charged after police said a fire he helped set with Armin Wand killed Armin Wand's three sons and the fetus of Armin Wand's wife, Sharon.

Sharon Wand was badly burned. A 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, also survived the fire.

Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole in April after he pleaded to lesser charges.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 --- 4:25 p.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin father accused of killing his three sons in a house fire has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.

Thirty-three-year-old Armin Wand of Argyle was sentenced Wednesday. His sentence carries no chance of parole.

Authorities say Wand set his house on fire in September in hopes of killing his family and collecting insurance money. Seven-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffery and 3-year-old Joseph died in the fire. Sharon Wand and the couple's 2-year-old daughter escaped the fire. The mother later suffered a miscarriage.

The State Journal (http://bit.ly/10hMxaq) reports the judge gave Wand the maximum sentence on each count he faced, including 40 years on an arson charge, 60 years on an attempted homicide charge and 40 years for felony murder for the death of the fetus his wife was carrying.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 --- 4:00 p.m.

Release from the Attorney General:

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Armin J. Wand III was sentenced today in Lafayette County Circuit Court after pleading guilty in February to Three Counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Arson and One Count of Felony Murder – Unborn Child, in regard to an arson fire that occurred on September 7, 2012.

As to the Three Counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole; as to the One Count of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, Wand was sentenced to 60 years in prison (40 years of initial confinement, 20 years extended supervision); as to the One Count of Arson; Wand was sentenced to 40 years in prison (25 years of initial confinement, 15 years extended supervision) concurrent to the other sentences; and as to the One Count of Felony Murder – Unborn Child, Wand was sentenced to 40 years in prison concurrent to the other sentences.

On February 15, 2013, the Court dismissed but read-in Two Counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide. According to the criminal complaint, on September 7, 2012, Armin and his brother, Jeremy Wand, started a fire at the home of Armin Wand at 402 Oak Street in the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County, for the purpose of collecting insurance proceeds. At the time the fire was set, Armin Wand’s pregnant wife and children were sleeping in the home (Sharon Wand; Allen Wand (Age 7), Jeffrey Wand (Age 5), Joseph Wand (Age 3) and Jessica Wand (Age 2). At approximately 3:10 am, the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the residence and began efforts to save the occupants. Allen, Jeffrey and Joseph Wand were killed in the fire. Sharon Wand was severely injured attempting to save her children. Jessica Wand survived.

“The sentence imposed today is an important step. However, the recovery process for Sharon Wand, her daughter, family members, and the Argyle community continues,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “It is my hope that these important steps in the legal proceedings will help bring healing and closure to a tragic event.”

The case against Armin’s brother, Jeremy Wand, is set for a hearing May 10, 2013. Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte and Richard Dufour with the Department of Justice are serving as Special Prosecutor. Victim Resource Center Coordinator Jennifer Rhodes with the Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services is providing victim services. This matter was investigated by the Village of Argyle Police Department with assistance provided by the State Fire Marshal at the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.

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UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 -- 5:44

A trial is now set for July for an Argyle man accused of starting a house fire that killed his brother's three children.

On Wednesday, 18-year-old Jeremy Wand pleaded "not guilty" to First Degree Murder charges. His brother, Armin Wand, already pleaded guilty to murder charges. Jeremy Wand is accused of helping Armin start the fire to kill his family and collect insurance money. Armin Wand's three sons died in the fire, along with his unborn child.

Court records show the trial for Jeremy Wand is set for July 13 Lafayette County Court. The case was moved from Green County to Lafayette after a request from defense attorneys, who argued media coverage would make it difficult for the Wand's to get a fair trial.

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UPDATED Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 4:50 p.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- An Argyle man has been convicted of killing his sons and his unborn child in a house fire.

Thirty-three-year-old Armin Wand pleaded guilty Friday in a deal with prosecutors to four counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one felony murder through arson of a building and one count of arson of a building. Prosecutors dropped two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Wand faces life in prison when he's sentenced on April 17.

Authorities say he set his rented house on fire in September in hopes of killing his family and collecting insurance money. His three sons died in the fire. His wife and his 2-year-old daughter escaped, but the fetus his wife was carrying died.

Wand's 18-year-old brother faces similar charges and is set for a separate trial.

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UPDATED Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 4:48 p.m.

Press Release from the Attorney General's Office:

Armin Wand III Pleads to Three Counts of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Arson, and Felony Murder

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Armin J. Wand III today pleaded guilty in Lafayette County Circuit Court to Three Counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Arson and One Count of Felony Murder – Unborn Child, in regard to an arson fire that occurred on September 7, 2012. The Court dismissed but read-in Two Counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide. Sentencing has been set for April 17, 2013, at 1:30 pm.

According to the criminal complaint, on September 7, 2012, Armin and his brother, Jeremy Wand, started a fire at the home of Armin Wand at 402 Oak Street in the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County, for the purpose of collecting insurance proceeds. At the time the fire was set, Armin Wand’s pregnant wife and children were sleeping in the home (Sharon Wand; Allen Wand (Age 7), Jeffrey Wand (Age 5), Joseph Wand (Age 3) and Jessica Wand (Age 2). At approximately 3:10 am, the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the residence and began efforts to save the occupants. Allen, Jeffrey and Joseph Wand were killed in the fire. Sharon Wand was severely injured attempting to save her children. Jessica Wand survived.

“As this tragic case enters another phase of the legal process, our thoughts and prayers remain with Sharon Wand, her daughter, and those still mourning the deaths of her children,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “This has been a tremendously difficult case for everyone involved, including the Argyle community, and we’re grateful it’s one more step closer to resolution.”

The case against Armin’s brother, Jeremy Wand, is set for a status conference February 20, 2013. Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte and Richard Dufour are serving as Special Prosecutor. This matter was investigated by the Village of Argyle Police Department with assistance provided by the State Fire Marshal at the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.

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UPDATED Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 4:01 p.m.

Armin Wand has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in the September fire that killed his three young sons.

This case was set to go to trial in one week, but this afternoon we were notified a plea deal had been reached.

Some charges were dropped, including two attempted murder charges of Wand's 2-year-old daughter, Jessica.

Wand had also faced an intentional homicide charge for the death of his unborn baby. That charge was changed to felony murder.

Wand plead guilty to three murder charges of his sons, a count of arson and the attempted murder of his wife Sharon Wand.

He could face the rest of his life in prison.

Wand's 18-year-old brother, Jeremy is also charged in the case.

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UPDATED Friday, February 15, 2013 --- 1:44 p.m.

Press Release from the Office of the Attorney General:

MADISON — Media interested in covering today’s plea hearing should report to Lafayette County Circuit for today’s plea hearing before the Honorable Thomas J. Vale, scheduled for 3:00 pm. No other information regarding today’s plea hearing is available at this time.

Armin J. Wand III, of Argyle, is charged with three counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, three counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, one count of First Degree Intentional Homicide – Unborn Child, and one count of Arson, all felonies.

A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The charges found in the criminal complaint are merely allegations until and unless the prosecution proves its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

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UPDATED Thursday, February 14, 2013 --- 7:51 a.m.

MONROE, Wis. (AP) -- A Green County judge has decided to suppress some statements to investigators made by a man accused of killing three of his children in a house fire.

But, attorneys from both sides say it may not alter the outcome of Armin Wand's upcoming trial.

Judge Thomas Vale ruled Wednesday statements made by Wand during the second day of a 3-day interrogation were not voluntary because detectives made promises of leniency if Wand cooperated.

A criminal complaint alleges Wand told authorities he set the fire to collect life insurance on his wife and children. Sharon Wand escaped the Sept. 7 fire with their 2-year-old daughter. The State Journal says Wand's trial is set to begin Feb. 23 at the Lafayette County Courthouse in Darlington.

Wand's 18-year-old brother, Jeremy, is also charged in the case.

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UPDATED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 --- 8:25 a.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A jury from outside Lafayette County will hear the case against an Argyle man accused of killing his children by setting his house on fire.

Jury selection for Armin Wand's trial will be selected in Marathon County Feb. 22.

The State Journal says jurors will be brought to the courthouse in Darlington and sequestered for the duration of the trial.

The 33-year-old father faces four counts of first-degree intentional homicide, attempted homicide and arson. The fire last September killed Wand's three children, ages 3, 5 and 7, as well as his unborn child. His wife, Sharon, and their 2-year-old daughter survived the fire.

Wand's 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, is also charged in the case.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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A judge ruled brothers accused of killing three boys and an unborn baby will head to separate trials next year.

Armin and Jeremy Wand appeared in Lafayette County Court Wednesday. They are charged with arson and six counts of homicide or attempted homicide for killing Armin Wand's three sons, his unborn baby, and attempting to kill his wife Sharon and 2-year-old daughter Jessica. Armin is also charged with an additional count for allegedly putting Jessica back in the burning home after she was saved by his wife.

Wednesday both entered not guilty pleas. They will head to trial beginning late February.

What is not clear is where the trials will take place. The defense is arguing media coverage of the case has contaminated the local jury pools against their clients. A judge from a different county is already presiding. The trials may also move to new locations, or juries may be imported from different counties.

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UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 --- 7:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two southwestern Wisconsin brothers accused of trying to wipe out their family in a fire are due back in court this week.

Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand are scheduled to enter pleas to multiple charges, including homicide and arson, on Wednesday in Lafayette County.

Prosecutors allege the brothers set Armin Wand's Argyle home on fire Sept. 7 in an effort to kill Armin Wand's family because he wanted a fresh start.

Armin Wand III's three sons were killed. His pregnant wife managed to rescue their 2-year-old daughter but family members say she suffered injuries that killed her unborn child.

Jeremy Wand's attorney, Frank Medina, says his client likely will plead not guilty and force prosecutors to prove their case at trial. Armin Wand's attorney didn't immediately return a message.

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UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 --- 11:50 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a southwestern Wisconsin father with killing his unborn child in a fire he allegedly set to wipe out his family.

According to court documents, Armin Wand III and his brother, Jeremy Wand, set a fire in Armin Wand's Argyle home in September in hopes of killing Armin Wand's pregnant wife and their four children.

Armin Wand's three sons perished in the fire. His wife managed to rescue their 2-year-old daughter but suffered injuries that family members said killed her unborn child.

The brothers face a host of charges, including multiple homicide counts and arson. State Justice Department attorneys added a count of first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child against both of them on Nov. 15.

They're set to be arraigned Wednesday.

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 14, 2012 --- 2:40 p.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A new judge will preside over the trial for two brothers charged with killing three children in a Lafayette County house fire.

Green County Judge Thomas Vale was appointed to replace a Lafayette County judge at the request of Armin and Jeremy Wand. One of the first motions Vale will consider is a defense request that could move the trial out of Lafayette County.

Thirty-two-year-old Armin Wand is the father of the children killed in the fire -- 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffery and 3-year-old Joseph Wand. The brothers are also facing attempted homicide charges for allegedly trying to kill Armin Wand's wife, Sharon, and their 2-year-old daughter, Jessica.

The State Journal says the request for a change of venue was based on heavy media coverage of the case.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 --- 3:10 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

Tonight we have new developments in a case that rocked our area.

The father of two men accused of murder says they're innocent.

The Wand brothers have been charged with intentionally setting a fire that killed three of Armin Wand's own children in Argyle.

Following a court hearing today their father said he thinks they may have been pressured into a false confession.

Early in September 32-year-old Armin Wand and his 18-year-old brother Jeremy were arrested and charged with starting a fire in Armin's home.

According to a criminal complaint the two men told investigators it was all part of a plan to kill Armin's wife Sharon and the couple's four kids.

Armin said he was hoping to collect on the life insurance.

Today the two men were in court.

They were lead into the courtroom in shackles and vests and spoke very few words.

But after court their father did speak.

He said, "I still think he's innocent, both of them."

What he said may give some clue as to what defense they'll use, despite previous confessions to investigators.

He said, "They got tired of answering the same questions all the time so they signed it, gave up. But I'm not giving up."

Armin's lawyer wouldn't comment the idea of a forced false confession

Guy Taylor said, "If we believe that is the case we'll bring appropriate motions but I can't address that at this time."

During the quick court hearing today both men waived their rights to a preliminary hearing.

The case will move to trial.

But their attorneys did ask for a new judge.

They also asked for a change of venue out of the Madison media market because of 2 months of media attention.

Taylor said, "Some of that scrutiny has, I think, tainted the jury pool and made it difficult for the defense to get an impartial jury."

The two men left court as quietly as they arrived, walking past their parents

Their father says, "It's hard, but we just have to take it day by day."

Their parents are the two people that are still supporting them despite confessions of a horrible crime they've already given police.

Their father says, "i don't really say too much until it's all over."

No date has been set for the start of this trial.

The attorney's are waiting for a new judge to be assigned and waiting for a decision on their request for a change of venue.

At this point neither one of the brothers has entered a plea.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 13, 2012 --- 11:16 a.m.

From our news partner, WIBA:

Lawyers for an Argyle man, who, along with his brother, torched a house, killing three little boys, want a new judge and a change of venue in the case.

Armin and Jeremy Wand were in Lafayette County Court earlier this morning.

Armin admitted to police that they set fire to his house in early September, with hopes of collecting life insurance on his kids and wife and renters insurance.

While the three boys died, a 2-year-old girl survived as did the children’s pregnant mother.

Sharon Wand was badly burned and remains hospitalized. She did lose the baby she was carrying.

Armin promised this brother $300 if he’d help.

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UPDATED Saturday, November 3, 2012 --- 10:20 a.m.

On Friday, doctors updated the condition of Sharon Wand. Click on the video to WATCH this report.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 1, 2012 --- 11:03 a.m.

Jeremy Wand, who is accused of helping set a fire that killed his three nephews, has been found competent to stand trial.

Wand appeared in Lafayette County Circuit Court today. According to our photojournalist at the hearing, a judge determined Wand would be able to assist attorneys in his defense.

Wand, 18, faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one count of arson.

Prosecutors say he helped his brother, Armin Wand III, set a fire Sept. 7 that killed Armin Wand III's three sons and nearly killed Armin Wand III's wife and daughter.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 30, 2012 --- 7:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An Argyle man charged with killing his three young sons and trying to kill his wife and daughter by setting fire to their home is due back in court next month.

Armin Wand III is scheduled to appear in Lafayette County Circuit Court on Nov. 13 for a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors allege the 32-year-old father and his 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, set fire to the house Sept. 7 to collect life insurance on Armin Wand's wife, Sharon, and their children. Seven-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph died in the fire. Sharon Wand rescued the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, from the fire.

A criminal complaint says both men have confessed to setting the fire so Armin Wand could make a "fresh start." The complaint alleges Armin offered his brother $300 to help.

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UPDATED Friday, October 26, 2012 --- 7:10 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An Argyle teenager accused of helping set a fire that killed his three nephews is due back in court next week.

Lafayette County Circuit Judge William Johnston has set a competency hearing Thursday for Jeremy Wand. Judges typically use proceedings to determine whether defendants have the capacity to assist their attorneys.

Wand, 18, faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one count of arson.

Prosecutors say he helped his brother, Armin Wand III, set a fire Sept. 7 that killed Armin Wand III's three sons and nearly killed Armin Wand III's wife and daughter.

Armin Wand faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one count of arson.

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UPDATED: Saturday, October 6, 2012 --- 9:50p.m.

The Argyle woman who lost her three boys to a fire, allegedly set by their father and uncle, is reportedly doing better.

A website created by a family friend says Sharon Wand's breathing tube was taken out. It also says she has started to talk and show her smile. She is also able to respond to questions.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 --- 9:40p.m.

Pictures and signs were set up along a fence in Argyle Wednesday night in honor of the three boys killed in a fire. People also lit candles and released balloons. The community hopes the service will help them begin the healing process.

The families have decided to hold off on the memorial service until Sharon Wand, their mother, is able to attend.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 26, 2012 --- 7:30 a.m.

VILLAGE OF ARGYLE, Wis. (AP) -- A small village in Lafayette County will hold a vigil for the three young brothers killed in a house fire.

Members of the community of Argyle plan to gather at the local park Wednesday night in remembrance of 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffery and 3-year-old Joseph Wand.

The boys died in a fire at their home Sept. 7. Their mother, Sharon Wand, was critically burned and lost her unborn child. Sharon's husband, Armin Wand and his brother, Jeremy Wand, are charged with setting the house on fire to collect on renter's and life insurance policies.

The family plans to hold a funeral for the boys when their mother can attend.

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UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 --- 8:35p.m.

ARGYLE, Wis. (AP) -- Search warrant documents allege that a southwestern Wisconsin man accused of killing his three sons in a house fire last week hoped to collect $156,000 in insurance.

WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/SifUi0) obtained the affidavits Thursday. The documents allege that Armin Wand III told investigators he tried to kill his family in the fire to collect up to $100,000 on his wife and $10,000 on each of his four children's life insurance policies, in addition to $16,000 on renter's insurance.

Wand and his 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, face charges of first-degree intentional homicide and arson.

Armin Wand's three sons died in the blaze. His wife, Sharon Wand, lost her unborn baby and is still in critical condition at University of Wisconsin Hospital. Her family says the couple's 2-year-old daughter is healthy and safe.

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Information from: WKOW-TV, http://www.wkow.com

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 12 ---2012 5:50 p.m.
By Barclay Pollak

Armin and Jeremy entered the court at the same time Wednesday.

For members of Sharon's family it was difficult to see the men who allegedly killed three members of their family and tried to kill two more.

The state asked for bail to be set at $1.4 million for Armin and $1.2 million of Jeremy. The court believed that was fair.

After court attorney's for both Armin and Jeremy briefly spoke to the media. Jeremy's attorney, Frank Medina, says he was just appointed to his client and hasn't had much time to speak with him.

" I just got appointed today. I had the arson appointed on Monday and I talked to him about an hour before we got into this, " says Medina. " I just ask that you consider the most precious part of the constitution which is presumption of innocence. "

Members of Sharon's family read a prepared statement a few minutes later. They asked for privacy as they grieve.

"Please pray for both families involved in this terrible tragedy, " says Leesa Bobak. " Sharon is having a good day today. The doctors are doing all they can but she still has a very long way to go and we are just taking things day by day right now. "

The brother's preliminary hearing is set for November 13th.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 12, 2012 --- 4:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has set bail for a father accused of setting a house fire that killed his three sons at $1.4 million.

Armin Wand III of Argyle faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one arson count. Lafayette County Circuit Judge William D. Johnston set his bail Wednesday at $200,000 per count.

Investigators say Armin Wand III's brother, Jeremy Wand, helped set the fire. Jeremy Wand faces three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one arson charge. Johnston set his bail Wednesday at $200,000 per count for a total cash bond of $1.2 million.

The men's attorneys didn't immediately return messages.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 12, 2012 --- 1:23 p.m.

Murder suspects Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand appeared in court today.

State prosecutors asked the judge to set Armin Wand's bail at $1.4 million. They asked for $1.2 million for Jeremy Wand. The judge agreed to these amounts.

A preliminary hearing is set for November 13th.

NBC15's Barclay Pollak was in Lafayette County for today's court hearing. He'll have updates tonight on NBC15 News at 4, 5 and 6.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 12, 2012 --- 7:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a southwestern Wisconsin father and his brother with multiple homicide counts in connection with a house fire that left three children dead.

Armin Wand III's three sons died in the blaze, which broke out early Friday morning in Argyle, a village of 850 people about 45 miles southwest of Madison.

The state Department of Justice filed charges against Wand III and his brother, Jeremy Wand, on Tuesday. The agency charged each of them with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of arson with intent to defraud.

The department also charged Armin Wand with three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and Jeremy Wand with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Both men are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 --- 4:50p.m.

Information from Criminal Complaint:

Beginning on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Armin Wand and Jeremy Wand began discussions and planning to burn the residence down to collect on life insurance policies on Armin Wand's wife and children and that the plan was that his wife and children would die in the fire. Armin Wand stated that he was tired of his family struggling from day to day, living from check to check. Armin and Sharon were having marital problems and she had been contemplating divorce.

On September 6, 2012, the men tried multiple times to start the carpet on fire. They then crumpled up sheets of paper from a paper tablet that was located in the kitchen and then placed the crumpled up sheets of paper on the floor as well as in and around a TV and computer in the living room area and started it on fire. They then pushed some of the burning paper under the futon where Sharon was sleeping.

Jeremy also used a lighter to start a fire on the arm of the couch where Joseph was sleeping. At some point, and at Armin Wand's direction, Jeremy also locked the door to the bedroom where Allen and Jeffrey were sleeping. The bodies of Allen and Jeffrey Wand were later found together face down on the floor with the bedroom door closed and locked from the outside.

The fires began to spread and they saw Sharon wake up and she was on fire. On observing this Jeremy ran out of the rear of the residence.

Sharon then came outside and handed Jessica Wand to Armin Wand to hold. Sharon told Armin that Joseph was on fire in the house. Armin told Sharon to move their mini-van from the driveway. While Sharon was moving the mini-van, Armin took Jessica to the house, held her up with both hands towards a broken bedroom window and was going to put Jessica back inside the burning home when a woman arrived and he stopped.

Armin told Jeremy that in exchange for his help, he would pay him $300 from his insurance settlement.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 11, 2012 --- 4:23 p.m.

Press Release from the Department of Justice:

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen files homicide charges in investigation of fatal fire in the Village of Argyle

Armin J. Wand III and Jeremy L. Wand, both of Argyle, Each Charged with Multiple Counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Armin J. Wand III and his brother Jeremy L. Wand have each been charged with Three Counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, Multiple Counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide (Armin Wand: 3 counts, Jeremy Wand: 2 counts), and One Count of Arson with Intent to Defraud, all felonies in regard to an arson fire that occurred on September 7, 2012. An initial appearance for both men is scheduled for 1:00 pm on September 12, 2012, in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, on September 7, 2012, Armin and Jeremy Wand started a fire at the home of Armin Wand at 402 Oak Street in the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County, for the purpose of collecting insurance proceeds. At the time the fire was set, Armin Wand’s pregnant wife and children were sleeping in the home (Sharon Wand; Allen Wand (Age 7), Jeffrey Wand (Age 5), Joseph Wand (Age 3) and Jessica Wand (Age 2). At approximately 3:10 am, the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the residence and began efforts to save the occupants. Allen, Jeffrey and Joseph Wand were killed in the fire. Sharon Wand was injured attempting to save her children and remains hospitalized. Jessica Wand survived.

“The criminal charges arising out of this tragic fire will be addressed through the legal process that starts today with the filing of the criminal complaint,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “In the meantime, our thoughts should be with Sharon Wand, her two year-old daughter, and those mourning the deaths of her children.”

This matter was investigated by the Village of Argyle Police Department with assistance provided by the State Fire Marshal at the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte and Richard Dufour are acting as Special Prosecutor in the case.

A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The charges found in the criminal complaint are merely allegations until and unless the prosecution proves its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 --- 1:45 p.m.

Barbara Wand, the mother of the two men accused of intentionally setting a fire, says she hasn't spoken to her sons since they were arrested.

She was visibly upset when speaking with us today.

When asked about the arrest of her sons she said, "I feel like I don't know what's going on anymore."

Wand says they're a close family and she feels like they're being torn apart.

She says she has been cooperating with police but is frustrated because of the lack of information coming her way and the fact she hasn't been allowed to see either of her sons in jail.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 11, 2012 --- 9:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The family of a woman who lost three sons in a house fire says her unborn child also died after she was hurt trying to rescue the boys.

Seven-year-old Allen Wand; 5-year-old Jeffrey Wand; and 3-year-old Joseph Wand died in the fire Friday morning in Argyle. The children's father, Armin Wand III, and his brother, Jeremy Wand, have been taken into custody on suspicion of arson.

Barbara Wand, the children's grandmother, tells the Wisconsin State Journal bit.ly/RHF1Kt that the boys' mother, Sharon Wand, tried to enter the house to save the children but a beam fell on her, killing her unborn child.

Charges against Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand are expected Tuesday. Their family says investigators have got it all wrong.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Monday, September 10, 2012 --- 10:15 p.m.

Family of the fire victims say Sharon Wand remains in critical condition.

Wand escaped from the burning home with her 2-year-old daughter, then ran back inside to try and rescue her three sons. She sustained second and third degree burns on more than half of her body, burned her lungs, and was pulled from the home.

Relatives say surgeons may attempt life-saving skin grafts, but warn of only a 10 percent chance of survival. Wand remains sedated with a ventilator tube because of the pain associated with her injuries.

Jessica Wand, the 2-year-old, is staying with family friends with her father's criminal proceedings pending.

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UPDATED Monday, September 10, 2012 --- 3:50 p.m.

Family members of Sharon Wand have set-up a fund to pay for the funeral expenses for 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph Wand.

Send your donations to:
Wand Children Benefit Fund
c/o Talmer Bank & Trust
101 Seven and Half Street
Monroe WI 53566

Meanwhile, we've learned Sharon Wand was pregnant (16-weeks). Her family confirms she has lost her unborn child. Wand remains hospitalized at UW Hospital. Her family says her condition is very critical.

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UPDATED Monday, September 10, 2012 --- 9:10 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The father and uncle of three children who were killed in a house fire in southwestern Wisconsin have been jailed on suspicion of arson.

The arrests were announced Sunday in a joint news release from the Village of Argyle Police Department, the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department and the State Fire Marshal at the Division of Criminal Investigation.

It says the father, Armin J. Wand III, of Argyle, is facing a tentative charge of arson of a building with intent to defraud. The uncle, 18-year-old Jeremy L. Wand, also of Argyle, faces the same felony charge.

The statement said the investigation into Friday's fire is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Sunday, September 9, 2012 --- 3:34 p.m.

This is a joint news release from the Village of Argyle Police Department, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the State Fire Marshal at the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)

MADISON — On September 7, 2012, at approximately 3:10 am, the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a residential house fire in the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County at 402 Oak Street. Three people died in connection with this fire; one person remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Armin G. Wand III, of Argyle, has been booked into the Lafayette County Jail and is facing a tentative charge of Arson of a Building with Intent to Defraud, a felony. Eighteen year-old Jeremy L. Wand, also of Argyle, has been booked into the Lafayette County Jail and is facing a tentative charge of Arson of a Building with Intent to Defraud, a felony. Armin G. Wand is the father of the three children who died in the fire, and Jeremy L. Wand is the uncle of the three children.

The investigation by the Village of Argyle Police Department, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

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UPDATED: Saturday, September 8, 2012 --- 2:16p.m.

ARGYLE, Wis. (AP) -- A father says his three young sons were killed in a house fire in southwestern Wisconsin.

Thirty-two-year-old Armin Wand tells WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/RoBlCL ) his wife couldn't find the phone when the fire started at their Argyle house to call 911. He says she ran outside for help while he tried to fight the fire. When he realized it was too big, he couldn't get to the room where his three boys were inside.

He says his wife 27-year-old Sharon Wand and their 2-year-old daughter also made it out alive, but his three sons, ages 3, 5, and 7, did not.

The fire started at about 3 a.m. Friday.

An official from UW Hospital said Saturday Sharon Armin is in critical condition.

Argyle is 34 miles southwest of Madison.

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Information from: WKOW-TV, http://www.wkow.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED: Friday, September 7, 2012 --- 9:51p.m.

NBC15's news partner WIBA says the three victims are identified as 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph Wand. Their mother is in critical condition, her name is Sharon Wand.

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UPDATED Friday, September 7, 2012 --- 5:10 p.m.

Three children have died after an early morning fire in Lafayette County.

The fire broke-out at a home in the 400 block of Oak Street in Argyle -- near the Lafayette County/Green County border.

The victims are members of the Wand family. The mother is hospitalized at UW Hospital. Her three sons died in the fire.

The children attended Argyle Schools. One child was in first grade. A second boy was in 4K-preschool. A third boy was enrolled in 3K-preschool.

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UPDATED Friday, September 7, 2012 --- 4:15 p.m.

Press Release:

MADISON — On September 7, 2012, at approximately 3:10 am, the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a residential house fire in the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County at 402 Oak Street.

Multiple agencies responded to assist, including: Argyle EMS, Blanchardville Fire Department and EMS, Green County EMS, Argyle Police Department, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

Three people have died in connection with this fire; one person is in the hospital in critical condition.

Two other individuals were treated and released.

At the request of Argyle Police Department, the State Fire Marshal at the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was contacted to assist in the investigation.

The Village of Argyle Police Department, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the DCI are conducting the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire.

The investigation remains open and ongoing.

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UPDATED Friday, September 7, 2012 --- 4:10 p.m.

Three children have died after an early morning fire in Lafayette County.

The fire broke-out at a home in the 400 block of Oak Street in Argyle -- near the Lafayette County/Green County border.

The victims are members of the Wand family. The mother is hospitalized at UW Hospital. Her three sons died in the fire.

We are expecting a briefing by authorities this afternoon. NBC15's Phil Levin is in Argyle covering this story.

Stay with NBC15.com for continuing coverage.

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UPDATED Friday, September 7, 2012 --- 1:10 p.m.

The Lafayette County Coroner says she was called to the scene this morning in Argyle. However, she can not comment on the investigation.

As NBC15 News reported, three people were taken to Monroe Hospital. We're told one of those victims was then transported by Med Flight to Madison. The ages of the victims have not been released.

We are expecting a briefing by authorities this afternoon. NBC15's Phil Levin is in Argyle covering this story.

Stay with NBC15.com for continuing coverage.

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UPDATED Friday, September 7, 2012 --- 9:45 a.m.

Fire investigators remain at the scene of a fire in Argyle.

NBC15 News has learned three people were taken to Monroe Hospital. We're told one of those victims was then transported by Med Flight to Madison.

The ages of the victims have not been released.

As we reported during NBC15's The Morning Show, the first call came in around 3:00 a.m. with initial reports indicating three children were trapped inside. But authorities have yet to confirm that information.

At this hour, Oak Street remains blocked off.

Stay with NBC15.com for continuing coverage.

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UPDATED Friday, September 7, 2012 -- 7:15 a.m.

Emergency Crews are beginning to leave the scene of a fire on the 400 block of Oak Street in Argyle -- near the Green County border.

NBC15 Photojournalist Katie Rousonelos is on scene and said Oak Street is still closed off near the home.

The call came in around 3:00 Friday morning with initial reports that three children were trapped inside. Authorities have yet to confirm that information.

Stay with NBC15.com for continuing coverage. As soon as we get more information, we'll post it.

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Posted Friday, September 7, 2012 -- 4:15 a.m.

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire on the 400 block of Oak Street in Argyle -- near the Green County border.

The call came in around 3:00 Friday morning.

Unconfirmed scanner reports say three children were trapped inside inside the home.

NBC15 has a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned to The Morning Show from 4:30-7:00 a.m. for the latest on this developing story.


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