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Brandon Man Pleads Guilty to Murder, Avoids Death Penalty
Earlier this month, twenty-year-old Brendan Lee Terry pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and kidnapping, related to the murder of Robert Brewer in May. Terry was sentenced to 30 years in prison, avoiding a possible death sentence.
Terry was initially charged with first-degree murder and faced a minimum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty.
Reports indicate that Terry will not be required to testify against co-defendants as part of his plea agreement.
Four others also have been arrested in Brewer’s death. One of them, David Link, 19, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and was sentenced last month to three years in prison.
Randy Morris and Kasey Ackerman face charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping as well. The state is seeking the death penalty in those cases as well.
Law enforcement says that Brewer met Link, Terry and Ackerman at the Westfield Brandon Mall and returned to the Brandon apartment the three men shared to drink, smoke marijuana and take Xanax. Later that night, Ackerman and Terry stabbed and beat Brewer, tossed him in a trash bin outside, poured gasoline on him and set him on fire. Authorities have not yet detailed Morris’s alleged involvement.
Brewer’s remains were discovered the next morning. Investigators identified him by his dental records.
Terry, Ackerman and Morris were charged with first-degree murder. Link and his mother, Rosanna Dimauro, who deputies said helped clean up the blood, were charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.