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Jeremy Wand Sentenced for Role in Fatal Argyle Fire

 

Jeremy Wand 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 Jeremy Wand was sentenced today in Lafayette County Circuit Court after pleading guilty in June 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 life sentences with the possibility of parole in 35 years (concurrent on counts two and three); as to the One Count of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, Wand was sentenced to 55 years (35 years of initial confinement, 20 years extended supervision) concurrent; as to the One Count of Arson; Wand was sentenced to 40 years (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 (25 years of initial confinement, 15 years extended supervision) concurrent to the other sentences.

 

On June 12, 2013, the Court dismissed but read-in One Count of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide.  According to the criminal complaint, on September 7, 2012, Jeremy and his brother, Armin 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 and subsequently lost her unborn child. Jessica Wand survived.

 

“The harm from these crimes can never be undone; however, those responsible have been held accountable. I hope that today’s sentencing will help Sharon Wand and Jessica Wand continue to heal and rebuild their lives,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  

 

Armin Wand was sentenced in April to three life sentences without the possibility of parole plus 60 years consecutive, and sentenced to two 40-year concurrent sentences for each of the arson and the felony murder counts.  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.