TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for leading several others in a murder.
Kasey Lee Ackerman, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and armed kidnapping as part of a deal with Hillsborough County prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.
Five suspects in all were charged in the death of 26-year-old Robert Mason Brewer, and Ackerman was the last to be convicted and sentenced.
Ackerman was hosting a party at his Brandon apartment in May 2010 and told friends he wanted to kill Brewer, authorities said. The friends had met Brewer at the mall earlier that day. Ackerman and Brendan Terry, 23, stabbed Brewer multiple times, and Randy Allen Morris, 37, went to buy gasoline. The three men carried Brewer to a nearby trash bin and set him on fire while he was still alive. Ackerman's then-girlfriend, Rosanna DiMauro, 41, and her son, David Link, 21, both helped the attackers after Brewer was dead.
Morris previously received 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and kidnapping, Terry received 30 years for the same charges and DiMauro received 10 years for being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Link has already served 2 ½ years for being an accessory after the fact and was released in November.
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