LAFAYETTE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - An Argyle man struck a plea deal Friday, and was convicted of burning down his family’s house and killing four children to collect insurance money and start fresh.
33-year-old Armin Wand III pled guilty in Lafayette County Circuit Court to three counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, felony murder, and arson.
He still faces more than three life terms in prison. The only way he can escape that is if the judge agrees to allow a supervised release down the line for good behavior.
The plea deal asked for the arson and felony murder terms to be served at the same time – and there was nothing else. Wand was supposed to go on trial next week for a fire last September that killed three of his sons and an unborn child. His wife Sharon was badly burned, and a two-year-old daughter was the only child to survive.
Sharon Wand’s mother said her daughter was relieved that she would not have to testify in a trial. She filed for divorce from Armin in January.
Meanwhile, Wand’s brother Jeremy still faces charges in the incident.