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Armin Wand III Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Three Counts of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Arson, and Felony Murder
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Armin J. Wand III was sentenced today in Lafayette County Circuit Court after pleading guilty in February to Three Counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, One Count of Arson and One Count of Felony Murder – Unborn Child, in regard to an arson fire that occurred on September 7, 2012.
As to the Three Counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole; as to the One Count of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, Wand was sentenced to 60 years in prison (40 years of initial confinement, 20 years extended supervision); as to the One Count of Arson; Wand was sentenced to 40 years in prison (25 years of initial confinement, 15 years extended supervision) concurrent to the other sentences; and as to the One Count of Felony Murder – Unborn Child, Wand was sentenced to 40 years in prison concurrent to the other sentences.
On February 15, 2013, the Court dismissed but read-in Two Counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide. According to the criminal complaint, on September 7, 2012, Armin and his brother, Jeremy Wand, started a fire at the home of Armin Wand at 402 Oak Street in the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County, for the purpose of collecting insurance proceeds. At the time the fire was set, Armin Wand’s pregnant wife and children were sleeping in the home (Sharon Wand; Allen Wand (Age 7), Jeffrey Wand (Age 5), Joseph Wand (Age 3) and Jessica Wand (Age 2). At approximately 3:10 am, the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the residence and began efforts to save the occupants. Allen, Jeffrey and Joseph Wand were killed in the fire. Sharon Wand was severely injured attempting to save her children. Jessica Wand survived.
“The sentence imposed today is an important step. However, the recovery process for Sharon Wand, her daughter, family members, and the Argyle community continues,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “It is my hope that these important steps in the legal proceedings will help bring healing and closure to a tragic event.”
The case against Armin’s brother, Jeremy Wand, is set for a hearing May 10, 2013. Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte and Richard Dufour with the Department of Justice are serving as Special Prosecutor. Victim Resource Center Coordinator Jennifer Rhodes with the Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services is providing victim services. This matter was investigated by the Village of Argyle Police Department with assistance provided by the State Fire Marshal at the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.