2 Who Admitted Roles in Teen Burning to Testify

By: AP
By: AP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A teenager who admitted dousing a Florida middle school classmate with alcohol before the boy was set on fire says the alleged ringleader offered him money to do it.

Denver Colorado Jarvis testified that 17-year-old Matthew Bent offered him $5 or $10 to pour the flammable liquid on the victim, Michael Brewer. Jarvis is serving prison time after pleading no contest to attempted second-degree murder charges.

Another teenager, Jesus Mendez, also pleaded no contest and admitted flicking a lighter that set Brewer ablaze in October 2009. He also was sentenced to prison.

Bent, also 17, faces up to 30 years behind bars if convicted. Prosecutors say he had a dispute with Brewer over a purported debt and alleged bike theft attempt.
Brewer survived after leaping into a swimming pool.

AP-WF-06-13-12 2026GMT

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