Michael Brewer Ordered To Write Essay After Missing Court Hearing
Michael Brewer, the Deerfield Beach teen who was the victim of a burn attack in 2009, has been ordered by a Palm Beach County drug court judge to write an essay after the teen missed a court hearing.
Brewer, who was arrested on drug charges back in March, failed to show to a June 27 court hearing.
The judge is asking for a 500-word essay on "how to manage different responsibilities including drug court."
Brewer was arrested in West Palm Beach in March on multiple drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug equipment.
The felony drug charges were transferred in May to a drug court program, where first-time offenders are given a chance to avoid prosecution if they meet specific conditions within a year, including going to substance abuse counseling, submitting to random drug testing, 12 weeks of drug education classes, and appearing at court hearings.
Brewer's failure to show at his hearing could have had him kicked out of the program and prosecuted for his drug charges. But Circuit Judge Caroline Shepherd showed mercy, and instead asked the teen to write her an essay about responsibility.
Brewer made headlines in 2009 when he was sadistically set on fire by a group of teenagers. The boys poured a substance similar to rubbing alcohol and then set him aflame with a lighter. Brewer survived by jumping into a nearby pool and undergoing multiple surgeries.
The three boys involved in the attack -- Jesus Mendez, Denver Jarvis, and Matthew Bent -- are all serving prison sentences ranging from eight to 11 years.
Brewer, who now lives in West Palm Beach, has been ordered to turn in his essay by his next court hearing, which is on July 29.
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