DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- Jeremy Wand has pleaded guilty to multiple homicide charges in the 2012 fire in Argyle that killed his three nephews.
Wand accepted a plea deal and entered a guilty plea Wednesday to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count each of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, felony murder and arson.
The deal does not rule out the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Green County Circuit Judge Thomas Vale asked Wand if he understood the consequences before accepting the plea.
Wand explained his decision.
"I thought I could get less time, also be able to give a remembrance of my nephews in a different way, and to get a second chance, so I'd be able to have a family one day," Wand told the court.
Wand, 18, helped his brother, Armin Wand, set fire to Armin's home in September 2012. The fire killed Armin's three sons. Armin's daughter and wife, Sharon, survived the fire, though Sharon suffered severe burns and lost the couples unborn child. Armin Wand's plan was to try to collect insurance money, and pay Jeremy Wand for his role.
Prosecutors have agreed to ask for concurrent, instead of consecutive, life sentences for Wand.
Wand's attorney, Frank Medina says Wand's hope for parole eligibility from his required, life sentences, could materialize, and give him time after prison.
"If he gets out in 20 years, 25 years, that's still a possibility. He wants to start over," Medina says.
But assistant attorney general Roy Korte says even though Jeremy Wand was convicted as a party to the crime, he could face similar consequences to his brother. Armin Wand entered an earlier plea agreement , and at sentencing, was denied any parole eligibility possibility.
"Jeremy Wand's culpability may be somewhat different than Armin Wand's," Korte says.
"But...Jeremy Wand was an active participant in the setting of the fire."
Korte says he expects to ask the judge to deny Wand any parole eligibility.
Wand is scheduled to be sentenced July 19.
DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- The Argyle man accused of starting a 2012 fire that killed his nephews plans to plead guilty Wednesday afternoon.
The Wisconsin State Journal interviewed attorney Frank Medina. He told the newspaper his client, Jeremy Wand, is expected to plead guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, as well as attempted first-degree intentional homicide and felony murder. The deal includes no guarantee that prosecutors will not seek life in prison without chance for parole.
The plea hearing is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wand, 18, is accused of helping his brother, Armin Wand, set fire to Armin's home in September 2012. The fire killed Armin's three sons. Armin's daughter and wife, Sharon, survived the fire, though Sharon suffered severe burns and lost the couples unborn child.
The State Journal reports the deal was discussed at a morning hearing and the judge set the afternoon hearing so Wand could fully consider the deal's implications.
DARLINGTON (WKOW) -- A plea hearing has been set for Wednesday afternoon in the homicide case against Jeremy Wand.
The Argyle man is accused of helping his brother, Armin Wand, set fire to Armin's home last year. The fire killed Armin's three sons. Armin's daughter and wife, Sharon, survived the fire, though Sharon suffered severe burns and lost the couples unborn child.
In addition to the homicide charges, Jeremy faces a charge of arson.
The Wisconsin Court System web site shows the plea hearing is scheduled for 1:30p.m. in Lafayette County Circuit Court in Darlington.
His trial is set to begin July 12.