New trial possible for teen convicted of setting Michael Brewer on fire

Prosecutors, attorneys for Matthew Bent to meet Thursday

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A potential new trial is up for discussion for one of the teenagers convicted of dousing a middle school classmate with alcohol and setting him on fire.

A hearing is set Thursday for prosecutors and attorneys for 18-year-old Matthew Bent to hash out issues about a potential new trial. Bent was convicted in June of aggravated battery in the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer, who was then 15. Brewer survived but suffered severe burns.

Bent faces up to 15 years in prison. His sentencing was delayed because the trial judge stepped aside following controversy involving a juror. Bent's attorneys want a new trial but there are legal complications to be sorted out first.

Two other teenagers pleaded no contest for their roles in the attack and are in prison.

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