|Published:||Jul 31, 2012 10:39 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 31, 2012 10:39 AM EDT|
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Sentencing is off indefinitely for the alleged ringleader in a horrific 2009 attack in which a Florida teenager was doused with alcohol and set ablaze by middle school classmates.
A new judge took over the case of 17-year-old Matthew Bent on Tuesday. The original judge stepped aside after Bent's attorneys claimed he improperly communicated with a juror who claimed misconduct during deliberations.
Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry set a status hearing for Aug. 17. Bent's sentencing will likely be delayed for many more weeks. Bent is also seeking a new trial.
Bent faces up to 15 years in prison for an aggravated battery conviction in the attack on Michael Brewer, who was severely burned but survived by jumping into a swimming pool. Two other teens were convicted in the attack.
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