DARLINGTON — Jeremy Wand will be sentenced on first-degree intentional homicide charges in Lafayette County Circuit Court today at 1 p.m. after his motion to withdraw his guilty plea was denied this morning.
Wand, 19, pleaded guilty June 12 to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count each of felony murder, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and arson.
Wand then filed a motion just before his scheduled sentencing July 19 to withdraw the guilty plea.
Wand cited shifting statements in news media and social media from his sister-in-law, Sharon Wand, one of the two survivors of the Sept. 7 Argyle house fire, as to whether Jeremy Wand was at the house during the fire.
Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte argued that both Jeremy Wand and his brother, Armin, said in statements to law enforcement that Jeremy was at the house at the time of the fire.
Green County Circuit Judge Thomas Vale said Sharon Wand's statements would be "more important if she was the only person could place him there, but Jeremy and Armin put him there" in their statements.
Vale also noted that Jeremy Wand filed his motion after seeing the presentence investigation, whose writer recommended Wand be sentenced to life without parole.
The charges are in connection with the house fire that killed Armin Wand's sons — Allen, 7, Jeffery, 5, and Joseph, 3 — and injured Sharon Wand and their daughter, Jessica, 2.
Jeremy Wand will be sentenced at 1 p.m. He faces a mandatory life sentence on the first-degree intentional homicide charges.
Armin Wand was sentenced April 17 to life without the possibility of parole.