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Bizarre twist in Argyle fire that killed 3 kids

ARGYLE, WI (WTAQ) - The case of the Argyle house fire that killed three children last September took a bizarre turn Thursday.

The Wisconsin State Journal said it received a letter from Sharon Wand, who recanted her statements to police that her husband Armin and his brother Jeremy started the blaze.

She wrote quote, “You have two innocent people in custody. I know the truth about that night. I was there.”

Sharon Wand, who’s 27, said she was not thinking clearly when she implicated her husband and cousin, because of the pain medication she was taking after suffering her injuries.

She was badly burned in the fire, and her unborn daughter died.

Three of the four other Wand children died in the home.

Neither the state Justice Department nor Sharon Wand’s attorney would say what impact her letter will have on the case.

She said she’s apologizing to the two men for lying to the police.

Prosecutors said Armin set the fire to collect insurance money to start a new life, and he offered his brother a mere $300 to help set the blaze.

Armin’s sister Tammy tells the State Journal that Armin Wand will appeal his three life prison terms he received earlier this year after pleading guilty.

Jeremy Wand has already asked to change his guilty pleas, which a judge in Lafayette County will consider on August 22nd.

Tammy also said his sister has stopped her divorce proceedings against Armin.

The divorce was to be finalized next month.

Sharon Wand was recently charged with theft and criminal trespassing in Iowa County for allegedly stealing from residents at a nursing home where she recovering from the fire. She has since been taken to a medical facility near Platteville, and is in protective custody.

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