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Closings arguments begin in case of alleged ringleader in burning attack on Fla. teenager
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ' Closing arguments have begun in the trial of a Florida teenager accused of orchestrating a burning attack against a middle school classmate.
A broken air conditioner at the county courthouse delayed the trial Friday. Seventeen-year-old Matthew Bent is accused of attempted second-degree murder in the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer, who was then 15. Attorneys announced Monday that Bent will not testify.
Bent could get 30 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Bent offered another boy money to pour rubbing alcohol on Brewer. A third boy set him ablaze with a lighter. Those two pleaded no contest and are serving prison time.
The attack came after Bent and Brewer got into a dispute over money and Bent's alleged attempt to steal a Brewer family bicycle.