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No chance of parole for Armin Wand

No chance of parole for Armin Wand

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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4/17 - 4:00pm

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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2/21

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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2/15 - 4:50pm

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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2/15 - 4:48pm

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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2/15 - 4:01pm

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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2/14

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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1/24

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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1/22

The Argyle woman who was severely burned in a fire that also killed her three young sons and the baby she was carrying, has filed for divorce from her husband.

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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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12/31/12

An Argyle man accused of setting a fire that killed his three sons is set to stand trial in February.

The proceedings against Armin Wand the Third are set to begin February 22nd. He faces eight felony counts in connection with the September 7th blaze, including first-degree intentional homicide.

Prosecutors allege he and his brother, Jeremy Wand, set Armin Wand's house on fire in an effort to wipe out Armin Wand's family because he wanted a fresh start. Armin Wand's three sons, ages 3, 5 and 7, died in the fire. His pregnant wife rescued their 2-year-old daughter but suffered a miscarriage.

Jeremy Wand also faces multiple charges in connection with the fire. His case is set for a status conference on February 20th.

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12/14

Green County Judge Thomas Vale last month was appointed to handle the Armin and Jeremy Wand case in LaFayette County court.

Vale has now ruled that jurors will be picked from out of county.

The judge doesn't specify where the jurors will come from, other than saying it won't be LaFayette or Dane counties, because of media coverage.

Armin and his brother Jeremy admitted to police they set a fire in September, hoping to kill Armin's family so he could collect life insurance money, for a "fresh start."

In addition to Armin's three sons who died, his wife was pregnant and lost the baby. She continues to recover from severe burns.

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12/6

Two southwestern Wisconsin brothers accused in a fire that killed three children will be tried separately.

Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand pleaded not guilty to all charges against them in Lafayette County Circuit Court Wednesday.

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's three sons, ages 3, 5 and 7, were killed. His pregnant wife rescued their 2-year-old daughter from the fire, but suffered a miscarriage. The 32-year-old father will stand trial Feb. 25 on eight charges, including first-degree intentional homicide.

The State Journal says 18-year-old Jeremy Wand pleaded not guilty to seven counts, but a trial date has not yet been set.

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12/3

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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11/30

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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11/14

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 (http://tinyurl.com/aokfkyj http://tinyurl.com/aokfkyj ) says the request for a change of venue was based on heavy media coverage of the case.

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11/13

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…and he did.

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11/2

A slow and painful recovery lies ahead for Sharon Wand, the woman badly burned in a house fire in Argyle that police says her husband and brother-in-law set in an attempt to collect insurance money.

UW Health burn center director, Dr. Lee Faucher, says he initially gave Wand a 10% chance of survival, "She has improved greatly. Obviously now she no longer has that high mortality but there are still things that could happen. She's still in a critical portion of her care but every day, she continues to get better."

Wand had burns over 65% of her body and has undergone multiple surgeries to repair the damage and apply skin grafts, "She's doing well, as well as other persons with the same large burn. Obviously she is saddened knowing what lives were lost in this fire. She has great motivation and is participating in the therapies that she needs to and every day she is doing more and more things on her own."

The September 7th fire claimed the lives of Wand's three sons and her unborn baby.

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An Argyle teenager accused of helping set a fire that killed his three nephews has been found competent to stand trial.

WKOW-TV (http://tinyurl.com/buzknkj http://tinyurl.com/buzknkj ) reports 18-year-old Jeremy Wand appeared in Lafayette County Circuit Court Thursday where a judge determined he would be able to assist attorneys in his defense.

Wand 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 uncle, Armin Wand III, set a fire Sept. 7 that killed Armin Wand's three sons — 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph. Sharon Wand rescued the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, from the fire.

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10/30

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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10/26

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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10/6

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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9/26

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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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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9/19

Funeral services will be next Wednesday for the three boys killed in this month's house fire in Argyle.

The blaze was allegedly started by the father of the boys, Armin Wand the Third, along with their Uncle Jeremy.

You and read the obituaries for 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey, and 3-year-old Joseph here.

Their mother continues to recover at the hosptial after she suffered several burns to her body.

Another funeral service is expected in the future in Tomah, if and when Sharon Wand is released from the hospital.

A fund for the family has been set up at:

Talmer Bank and Trust in Monroe

101 7 1/2 St.

Monroe, WI 53566

(608) 328-3800

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9/14

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 obtained the affidavits Thursday. The documents allege that Armin Wand the Third 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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9/12

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. Johnson 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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9/12 - 10:00am

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.

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9/11 - 4:50 pm - WE WARN THAT THESE DETAILS ARE DISTURBING

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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9/11 - 4:00PM

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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9/11 - 1:45PM

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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9/11 - 9:00AM

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.

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9/10

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)

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. 18-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.

Armin's wife, the mother of the three children, remains in critical condition and is four months pregnant.

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.

Watch a video report here from our news partners at NBC 15.

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9/8 - 2:00pm

A father says his three young sons were killed in a house fire in southwestern Wisconsin.

32-year-old Armin Wand tells WKOW-TV 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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9/8 - 6:00am

The State Fire Marshall and the Department of Justice have been called in to figure out how a fatal fire started at a home in Lafayette County.

Crews responding to the early Friday morning blaze say the house along the 400-block of Oak Street in Argyle was fully engulfed when they arrived.

Authorities say two people have been treated and released, but Sharon Wand, the mother of the victims, remains in critical condition.

Her sons, 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey, and 3-year-old Joseph, died.

Eyewitnesses say Wand tried to rescue the children but couldn't fight through the flames.

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9/7 - 1:00pm

Authorities say there were three victims in this morning's fire. They were all children. Details have not been released at this time.

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9/7

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

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.

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.

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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.

Our news partners, NBC 15, are on the scene. Keep it here for more details.

 

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