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Man accused of two murders convicted of arson

WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - A man already in prison and who is accused of killing a Wisconsin Rapids man more than five years ago and his wife in 1984 reached a plea deal Friday that convicted him of two more felonies, according to online court records.

Joseph Reinwand, 55, pleaded no contest to arson with intent to defraud and felony bail jumping and was sentenced to five years in prison, court records said.

A judge ordered the prison sentence be served at the same time as Reinwand's current punishment for unrelated crimes.

Reinwand was convicted of setting a fire at his Wisconsin Rapid home in October 2010 and trying to collect insurance money, court records said.

Reinwand is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2008 fatal shooting of 35-year-old Dale Meister. Prosecutors say Reinwand shot Meister three times at his home in Wisconsin Rapids.

An 11-day trial is set to start Oct. 17.

Last month, Portage County prosecutors charged Reinwand with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Pamela, at their home in Plover in 1984. He has pleaded not guilty but no trial date has been set.

In the Wood County killing, Meister had been in a child custody dispute with Reinwand's daughter, who was Meister's former girlfriend, court records said.

Among new evidence that led to the charge was a former prison cellmate of Reinwand's told authorities that Reinwand confessed to killing Meister and even reenacted it, court records said.

Reinwand was never charged in his wife's death after he told investigators then that she committed suicide during an argument after a night at the bar, according to a criminal complaint.

New evidence in the case involves testimony from people, including one of Reinwands' prison inmates, that he admitted killing his wife and making it look like a suicide, the complaint said.

Reinwand is currently an inmate at a state prison in Portage for convictions in two Wood County felony cases from 2008 and 2009, according to the state Department of Corrections. 

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