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Judge to decide Thursday on allowing Jeremy Wand to withdraw guilty pleas

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A judge is expected to decide this week whether to let Jeremy Wand withdraw his guilty pleas to burning down his brother’s house in Argyle and killing three kids inside.

Visiting Judge Thomas Vale is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday morning on a plea withdrawal. If he rejects it, Wand could be sentenced Thursday afternoon.

The 19-year-old Wand said he was pressured by one of his lawyers to accept a plea deal for setting a house fire last September that killed Armin Wand’s three sons, injured Armin’s wife Sharon, and killed her unborn daughter.

After his pleas, Sharon Wand recanted her previous statements to police. She now says Jeremy and Armin Wand did not set the fire, although her sister has raised doubts about the validity of Sharon’s change of heart.

For the moment, Jeremy Wand is convicted of 3 counts of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide – plus counts of attempted homicide, and felony murder. An attempted homicide count was dropped in the plea deal.

Armin Wand is serving three life prison terms plus 105 years for his reported role in the fire.