UPDATE: Appeal tossed in Wisconsin fire that killed 3 boys

UPDATED: Monday, July 14th, 2014 --- 8:05 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin appeals court has dismissed the appeal of a former Argyle man convicted of murdering his three nephews in a house fire in 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Wand was sentenced last August to life in prison for starting fires that killed 7-year-old Allen Wand, 5-year-old Jeffery Wand and 3-year-old Joseph Wand.

The boys' mother, Sharon Wand, was badly burned in the fire and lost the fetus she was carrying. Her 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, survived.

According to court documents, Jeremy Wand set most of the fires in the rented home after his brother -- Armin Wand III, the children's father -- offered him $300 to help him.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Jeremy Wand will be eligible for parole after 35 years.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Friday, April 25, 2014 --- 4:35 p.m.

The Lafayette County Clerk of Courts says that Jeremy Wand has filed a notice of appeal for his conviction in the deaths of his three nephews in a house fire.

Prosecutors accused 19-year-old Jeremy Wand of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set an Argyle house fire in 2012. The fire killed Armin Wand's three sons, ages 3 to 7. It also injured Armin Wand's wife, Sharon, and killed her unborn baby.

Last year, a judge sentenced Jeremy Wand to life in prison for his role in the case.

The Clerk of Courts says the appeal was filed Thursday, April 24th.

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UPDATED Thursday August 22, 2013 --- 4:18 p.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis.--- A judge has sentenced Jeremy Wand to life in prison for his role in a deadly house fire. Wand will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.

Sharon Wand read a statement during today's sentencing hearing. She talked about her kids who died in the fire.

Prosecutors have accused 19-year-old Jeremy L. Wand of Argyle of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set a house fire last year. The fire killed Armin Wand's three sons, ages 3 to 7. It also injured Armin Wand's wife, Sharon, and killed her unborn baby.

Earlier in the day a judge refused to allow Jeremy Wand to withdraw his guilty pleas in the case. In June Wand plead guilty as part of a plea deal.

Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in April.

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UPDATED Thursday. August 22, 2013 -- 11:10 a.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis.--- The judge in the Jeremy Wand case has refused to let the teen withdraw his guilty pleas.

Prosecutors have accused 19-year-old Jeremy L. Wand of Argyle of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set a house fire last year. The fire killed Armin Wand's three sons, ages 3 to 7. It also injured Armin Wand's wife and killed her unborn baby.

Jeremy Wand pleaded guilty in June to three felonies. But had said he was pressured into taking a plea deal, and his sister-in-law has also recanted statements implicating the brothers in the fire.

The judge's decision not to allow Wand to withdraw his plea means sentencing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 22, 2013 ---10:15 a.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. --- Jeremy Wand has entered the courtroom. The hearing to decided if he can withdraw his guilty pleas is just getting started.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 22, 2013 --- 5:00 a.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A teen from southwestern Wisconsin will soon learn whether he can withdraw his guilty pleas following a fire that killed his three nephews.

Prosecutors have accused 19-year-old Jeremy L. Wand of Argyle of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set a house fire last year. The fire killed Armin Wand's three sons, ages 3 to 7. It also injured Armin Wand's wife and killed her unborn baby.

Jeremy Wand pleaded guilty in June to three felonies. But he now says he was pressured into taking a plea deal, and his sister-in-law has also recanted statements implicating the brothers in the fire.

A judge will decide Thursday whether Wand can withdraw his pleas. If not, Wand will be sentenced later that day.

Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life terms.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, August 19, 2013 --- 5:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge is expected to decide this week whether to let a teenager's guilty pleas in a fatal fire stand.

Prosecutors have accused Jeremy Wand of Argyle of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set a house fire last year that killed Armin Wand's three sons, severely injured Armin Wand's wife and killed her unborn child.

Jeremy Wand has pleaded guilty in LaFayette County Circuit Court to multiple felonies but now wants to withdraw the pleas. He says he was pressured into taking a deal. Armin Wand's wife also has recanted statements implicating the brothers in the fire.

Thomas Vale, a Green County judge handling the case, has scheduled a hearing on the request for Thursday.

Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in April.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Friday July 19, 2013

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A man who pleaded guilty to helping set a house fire that killed his three nephews wants to withdraw his pleas.

Jeremy Wand was to be sentenced in Lafayette County Circuit Court Friday. Instead he told the judge he felt pressured by his attorney to enter the guilty pleas last month.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide and three other felonies. Prosecutors dropped a count of attempted first-degree homicide as part of his deal, but they did not guarantee they wouldn't seek a life sentence.

Wand's brother, Armin, was sentenced to life in prison for the fire that killed his three sons and ended his wife's pregnancy.

A hearing next month will decide if Wand is allowed to withdraw his pleas.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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