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Jeremy Wand wants to withdraw guilty plea for role in triple murder

DARLINGTON, WI (WTAQ) - The man who was offered $300 in insurance money to help burn down his brother’s house and kill three kids living there has changed his mind about pleading guilty to it.

Jeremy Wand of Argyle was supposed to be sentenced Friday, on his 19th birthday. Instead, his legal team asked Visiting Judge Thomas Vale to let Wand withdraw a plea deal his client made with Lafayette County prosecutors.

Wand told the judge he was pressured by one of his lawyers to plead guilty in June to 3 counts of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide – plus counts of attempted homicide, arson, and felony murder. Another attempted homicide count was dropped.

Vale will consider the new request at a hearing on August 22nd. If it’s turned down, Jeremy Wand could be sentenced then.

The homicide charges carry automatic life terms, unless the judge allows for a supervised release after 20 years.

Wand’s brother Armin was given three life prison terms plus 105 years for burning down his house last September, and killing his three kids and an unborn daughter. Prosecutors say Armin was hoping to get thousands in insurance proceeds to help him start a new life.