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UPDATE: Judge sentences Armin Wand III to three life sentences without parole


DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- The Argyle man who pleaded guilty to burning down his home to kill his family will spend the rest of his life in prison. A judge handed down the maximum sentence in each count Armin Wand III faced, which included three life sentences without parole.

Wand's wife Sharon Wand appeared in court Wednesday, a representative from the victim resource center read a statement on Sharon Wand's behalf.

"You will be locked up in a cage like the animal you are. I don't think I will ever be able to forgive for what you have done," Jennifer Rhodes read to the court. Sharon Wand wept during the statement and asked the public to remember her three sons.

"Do you realize that you took the lives of four children? You will have to live with this for the rest of your life. You will have the nightmares, you will answer to god for what you've done," Rhodes read.

Photos of 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Jeffrey were displayed in court. Sharon Wand and their 2-year-old daughter Jessica survived the fire on September 7, 2012. Sharon Wand was hospitalized for months with severe burns and lost their unborn child.

"These are the crimes of a cold and calculated person who acted purely for selfish motives," Prosecutor Roy Korte said in court.

The defense asked that Wand be given the possibility of parole, pointing out Armin Wand's childhood of abuse, limited intellectual capacity and decision to plead guilty to several of the counts.

Green County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Vale listened to both arguments, discussing their validity before handing down the sentence. "You did not behave as any parent would expect you to behave, as any member of society," Vale said.

Wand was given the maximum sentence on all counts, which includes three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for deaths of his boys. Additional time was given for the 1st degree intentional homicide, felony murder and felony arson charges.

Armin Wand's brother, Jeremy, will stand trial for his role in the case in mid-July. Sharon Wand has filed for divorce and says she will be strong for their daughter, Jessica.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Armin Wand III was sentenced in Lafayette County court Wednesday to three life sentences without parole for the killing of his three sons. The judge also sentenced him for the attempted murder of his wife and daughter, and for arson in the fire that killed the boys and severely burned their mother.

Sharon Wand, who has filed for divorce, was in the courtroom for the sentencing. She did not speak but her statement was read to the court.   

Danielle Lama was in Darlington for today's sentencing hearing and will have live reports from the Lafayette County Courthouse tonight in 27 News at 5 and 6.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The man who pleaded guilty to killing his three sons in an Argyle house fire will learn his fate Wednesday afternoon.

A sentencing hearing is set for Armin Wand III at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In February, Wand admitted to setting his home on fire. According to the criminal complaint, Wand and his brother Jeremy started the blaze to collect on insurance.

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