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Judge denies letting Jeremy Wand withdraw guilty plea

DARLINGTON, WI (WTAQ) - A judge said no Thursday to letting Jeremy Wand withdraw his guilty pleas to burning down his brother’s house in Argyle and killing three kids inside.

The 19-year-old Wand testified that he did not believe all of the state’s witnesses were “totally honest.” His lawyer, Frank Medina, said there were questions that should be addressed by a jury.

Prosecutors said it did not make sense for Wand to withdraw his guilty pleas. Visiting Judge Thomas Vale agreed, and Wand is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon to at least one life prison term.

Wand pleaded guilty earlier this year to setting a house fire last September that killed his brother Armin’s three sons. The blaze also injured Armin’s wife Sharon and killed her unborn daughter.

After Jeremy was convicted, Sharon Wand recanted her previous statements to police. She now says the Armin brothers did not set the fire – but her sister has raised doubts about Sharon’s apparent change of heart.

Wand remains convicted of three counts of homicide, plus counts of attempted homicide and felony murder. Armin Wand is serving three life terms plus 105 years for his reported role in the blaze.