Florida Teenager Sentenced To 11-Years For Setting His Classmate On Fire
A Florida teenager who was convicted of aggravated battery for setting his classmate on fire in 2009 was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison….even though he maintains that he is innocent.
via CBS News
A Florida teenager convicted of orchestrating a burning attack on a middle school classmate continued to insist on his innocence as he was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday.
Circuit Judge Matthew Destry agreed with prosecutors that 18-year-old Matthew Bent was just as much to blame in the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer, who was soaked in alcohol and then set on fire. Brewer was 15 years old at the time. Bent was convicted of aggravated battery in June.
Before he was sentenced, Bent turned and apologized to Brewer but said he was not the ringleader.
“I didn’t intend for any of this to happen,” he said. “I didn’t tell nobody to do that.”
Brewer survived by leaping into an apartment complex swimming pool, but suffered severe burns over two-thirds of his body. In court Thursday, he looked in good shape physically but family members said his skin grafts still cause pain and he suffers from frequent nightmares.
Sounds like justice for this boy and his family was long overdue.
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