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updated: 8/19/2013 7:01 AM

Judge to decide on pleas in Wisconsin fatal fire

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MADISON, Wis. -- A judge is expected to decide this week whether to let a teenager's guilty pleas in a fatal fire stand.

Prosecutors have accused Jeremy Wand of Argyle of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set a house fire last year that killed Armin Wand's three sons, severely injured Armin Wand's wife and killed her unborn child.

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Jeremy Wand has pleaded guilty in LaFayette County Circuit Court to multiple felonies but now wants to withdraw the pleas. He says he was pressured into taking a deal. Armin Wand's wife also has recanted statements implicating the brothers in the fire.

Thomas Vale, a Green County judge handling the case, has scheduled a hearing on the request for Thursday.

Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in April.

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