Matthew Bent trial begins Tuesday

Bent accused of leading group who set Michael Brewer on fire

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The trial for a teen accused of leading the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer, who was doused with alcohol and set ablaze, is set to begin Tuesday.

Prosecutors say it happened following a dispute over a $40 video game.

A six-person jury plus two alternates will hear the state's case against Bent, who allegedly orchestrated the attack on then-15-year-old Brewer. Bent, now 17, faces a maximum 30-year prison sentence if convicted of attempted second-degree murder.

Two other youths previously pleaded no contest for their roles in the attack and were sentenced to prison. They're expected to testify for the prosecution along with Brewer.

Brewer survived after jumping into an apartment complex swimming pool but suffered severe burns.

He has recovered.

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