By SUZETTE LABOYAssociated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A jury deciding the fate of a South Florida teenager accused of orchestrating an attack that left a classmate in flames has left court for the day.
Jurors began deliberating Monday afternoon on the fate of 17-year-old Matthew Bent. He is charged with attempted second-degree murder in the 2009 attack on Michael Brewer. Jurors will continue deliberating Tuesday morning.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys rested their case earlier in the day. The defense did not call a single witness, and Bent did not testify.
Bent could get 30 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say he offered another boy money to pour rubbing alcohol on Brewer. A third boy set Brewer ablaze with a lighter. Those two pleaded no contest and are serving prison time.
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