UPDATE - 4:27 PM -
DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) _ A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to life in prison in a fatal fire that killed his three nephews and his brother's unborn child.
A judge sentenced Jeremy Wand on Thursday after earlier refusing Wand's request to withdraw his guilty pleas in the case. Wand will be eligible for parole in 35 years.
Wand pleaded guilty in June to three counts of being a party to first-degree intentional homicide and other charges. He later said he felt pressured to enter the pleas.
Prosecutors say Wand and his brother, Armin Wand III, set the fire last year at Armin Wand's home in a scheme to collect on insurance policies. Armin Wand is serving three consecutive life terms without parole.
A judge will not allow a teen to withdraw his guilty pleas stemming from a house fire that killed his three nephews in southwestern Wisconsin.
The decision means 19-year-old Jeremy Wand, of Argyle, will be sentenced later Thursday on three felonies.
Wand was convicted of helping his brother, Armin Wand III, set a house fire last year. The fire killed Armin Wand's three sons, ages 3 to 7. It also injured Armin Wand's wife and killed their unborn baby.
Jeremy Wand pleaded guilty in June to three felonies. But he later said he was pressured into taking a plea deal and that his sister-in-law has recanted statements implicating the brothers in the fire.
Armin Wand was sentenced to three consecutive life terms.