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Plea hits a snag in Argyle triple murder/arson case

Plea hits a snag in Argyle triple murder/arson case

 

07/19/2013 UPDATE:

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 on the motion to withdraw the pleas is set for Aug. 22.

 

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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 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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