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UPDATE: Armin Wand pleads guilty to murder charges

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Armin Wand has pleaded guilty to charges of killing his three sons.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Wand pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, felony murder and arson.

Wand's defense attorney tells 27 News that his client wanted to avoid a long trial and to avoid putting Sharon Wand on the witness stand.

Wand was accused of setting fire to his rented home in Argyle in order to collect on the life insurance policies of his family. His three sons, Allen, Jeffrey, and Joseph, died in the fire and his wife, Sharon Wand, lost the child she was carrying. Sharon Wand survived the fire but was badly burned. The couple's 2-year-old daughter Jessica also survived.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that under a plea deal, the fetal homicide charge was reduced to felony murder while two attempted homicide charges related to Jessica were dropped. Authorities had said Armin Wand tried to put the girl back into the home while it was burning.

The newspaper reports that Armin Wand agreed to testify against his brother, Jeremy Wand, who is also charged in the case.

Armin Wand was set for a trial to begin February 23.

His sentencing is set for April 17.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced early Friday afternoon that a plea hearing has been set for 3:00 p.m. Friday in the state's case against Armin Wand III.

The hearing will be in Lafayette County Circuit.

The attorney general's office released no other information about the hearing.

Armin J. Wand III is the Argyle man accused of setting a deadly fire at his home. He is charged with three counts of first degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his three sons. He is also charged with the first degree intentional homicide of his unborn child and for the attempted first degree intentional homicide of his wife and daughter.
 
Wand's brother, Jeremy, also faces multiple charges in the case
 
Wand's trial is currently set for February 23.
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