Matthew Bent, Michael Brewer burning case update: Bent sentenced to 11 years

He was conficted of aggravated battery

The only teenager convicted in the 2009 burning attack of a South Florida student is going to prison.

A judge has just sentenced Matthew Bent, 18, to 11 years in prison for his involvement in the attack on Michael Brewer.

It's the end of a three year journey for Brewer's family who pleaded with the judge for the 11 year sentence.

"We got that justice today, I'm satisfied. We can close this chapter and open a new one," says Vaierie Brewer, Michael's mother.

"This is a wonderful Christmas present. We can celebrate being free from all of this and getting our lives back," says Maureen Brewer, Michael's grandmother.

Michael Brewer was doused with rubbing alcohol right before the attack in 2009. He suffered burns over 80% of his body.

Bent's family pleaded with the court for mercy, saying he has completed his G.E.D. and shown good behavior while in jail. His family maintains he did nothing that lead up to the attack.

"He didn't do anything wrong. I don't see it as fully justice, there's no justice there at all," says Dennis Bent, Matthew's father.

Denver Jarvis and Jesus Mendez were also part of the attack. Jarvis was sentenced to eight years in prison for pouring the alcohol on Brewer, Mendez for flicking the lighter that sparked the fire.

Brewer survived and moved to Palm Beach County.

Bent was the alleged ringleader. He has been in jail for three years and will get credit for time served.

A jury convicted Bent in June of aggravated battery. He was found not guilty of the more serious charge of attempted murder.

 

The Sun Sentinel contributed to this report

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