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Armin Wand pleads guilty
Armin Wand III listens to a line of questions from Judge Thomas Vale during a plea hearing Friday afternoon at Lafayette County Courthouse in Darlington. Wand pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide, for the deaths of his three sons in a Sept. 7 house fire, one week before the case was set for trial. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
DARLINGTON - A week before he was set to go to trial, Armin Wand III pleaded guilty and was convicted Friday afternoon of killing his three young sons and unborn child by lighting his family's Argyle home on fire to collect on their life insurance. Allen Wand, 7, Jeffery Wand, 5, and Joseph "Jo Jo" Wand, 3, died of smoke inhalation in the fire Sept. 7 on Oak Street, according to a state investigation. The boys' 33-year-old father told the judge Friday he wants to take responsibility, save the county the costs of taking the case to trial and spare his wife the burden of testifying before a jury.