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Appeals court rejects hearing request in fatal fire case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says a man convicted of helping set a fatal house fire in LaFayette County doesn’t deserve a hearing on his request to withdraw his guilty plea.

Jeremy Wand was sentenced to life after he pleaded guilty to helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set the 2012 fire. The blaze killed Armin Wand’s three sons, left Armin Wand’s wife severely burned and killed her and Armin Wand’s unborn daughter. Armin Wand also was sentenced to life.

Jeremy Wand argued his attorneys coerced him into pleading guilty and Judge Thomas Vale rejected that argument without a hearing.

The District 4 Court of Appeals upheld Vale on Thursday, saying he hasn’t alleged sufficient facts to warrant a hearing.

Jeremy Wand’s attorney didn’t immediately return a telephone message.

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