Kaul requests court to deny Argyle man's latest appeal

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DARLINGTON, Wis. (WMTV)-- The Argyle man who pleaded guilty to setting a house fire that killed his three sons and unborn child is asking for an time extension to reply to the Wisconsin's attorney general's request to deny his appeal.

On Feb. 14, State Attorney General, Josh Kaul, asked the Circuit Court of Appeals to deny an appeal for Armin Wand III after Wand requested an appeal in Nov. 2018, according to court records.

Authorities say on Sept. 7, 2012, a neighbor called 911 to report a fire at the home where Wand lived with his pregnant wife and four children. Wand's three sons and unborn child died in the fire. His wife was seriously injured.

According to court documents, Wand admitted he asked his brother, Jeremy, to burn down the house to collect on the life insurance policies on Wand's wife and children. Authorities also say Wand confessed to trying to put his 2-year-old daughter back inside the house through a broken window, but stopped when another person arrived. Jeremy also confessed to setting the fire.

Wand agreed to plead guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree homicide, one count of arson and one count of felony murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release into supervision.

In Oct. 2018, Wand filed another motion, claiming the Lafayette County Circuit Court denied his request to have his attorney withdraw from the case and he was denied the effective assistance of legal counsel. Wand asked for the court to "vacate his sentence." The circuit court denied the motion.

In Nov. 2018, Wand asked the appeals court to review that decision.Kaul is asking the appeals court to stand by the previous decision.

Wand is asking for an extension to give a reply brief. The original deadline for that brief is Mar. 1.