Teen once set on fire faces drug charges
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WHDH) -- The teen who was once set on fire by a group of classmates has been arrested.
Michael Brewer, 18, was taken into custody in West Palm Beach after police officers found drugs on him. He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, including marijuana, cocaine, Oxycontin, a morphine prescription bottle and 14 glass smoking pipes.
Brewer faced a judge in court Thursday morning where he was given a $6,000 bond. "He'll be able to get out today and go home and live with his parents and on condition that he obviously, no alcohol or drugs and has to get randomly tested," said his attorney, Steve Benedict.
Back in 2009, Brewer was doused with alcohol and then set on fire by several classmates. He survived by leaping into a nearby pool. The then 15-year-old suffered severe burns to over two-thirds of his body.
Wednesday, one of the co-defendants in the case, Denver Jarvis, had his sentence reduced. A judge approved lowering the probationary period to 10 years. He still has to serve all eight years in prison.
Brewer's mother and grandmother were in court for Jarvis' hearing. They spoke to 7News about Michael. "This has just been hard on the family dealing with coming to court, coming to court and coming to court, and we made it through all of that," said his grandmother Reenie Brewer, "and Michael is OK and is coming along, even though he has a rough road to come yet. But, you know, karma, you never know when she's going to visit."
"He's trying to find himself and it's been really difficult, and he has a long way to go," said Michael's mother Valerie Brewer. "Physically, he still has limitations, but mentally he has a long way to go. He really does. He still wakes up with nightmares, and he's still having a lot of trouble dealing with the fact that people that he knew did this to him."
Meanwhile, the other two suspects in the case, Matthew Bent and Jesus Mendez, were sentenced to 11 years in prison.