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Michael BrewerWest Palm Beach, FL – Michael Brewer, the teen we featured back in 2009 after three boys set him on fire, was arrested after being found in the possession of a cornucopia of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Listening to Michael scream in agony after being set on fire by three other boys, ranks as one of the more disturbing 911 calls I have ever listened to.  It happened back in 2009 when Brewer was confronted by 15-year-old Matthew Bent, who was angry over some dispute regarding a marijuana pipe.

Bent allegedly ordered 15-year-old Denver Jarvis to pour a bottle of rubbing alcohol on Brewer, which he did. Immediately afterwards, 15-year-old Jesus Mendez used a lighter to set Brewer on fire. Engulfed in flames, Brewer saved himself by jumping into a nearby swimming pool.

Brewer would spend months in the hospital recovering from his injuries while Matthew Bent and Jesus Mendez would end up sentenced to 11 years in prison. Denver Jarvis would be sentenced to eight years in prison.

On Wednesday, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper stopped Brewer, now 18,  after seeing him making an illegal U-turn at a red light. Brewer immediately told the trooper he had no driver’s license, but the trooper was more interested in the smell of marijuana coming from inside the minivan and decided to search Brewer.

He would find marijuana in a Ziploc bag, crack in a brown pill container, and three Oxycodone pills, for which Brewer did not have a prescription. He would also find 14 glass pipes, a bong, empty pill containers, a red straw and a blade inside the vehicle. Brewer admitted that it all belonged to him.

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Brewer was charged with drug and paraphernalia possession, as well as being cited for driving without a license, running the red light and two other traffic citations. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail overnight and then released.

His family has not commented on his arrest, but on Wednesday his mother and grandmother were in court to support a reduction in sentencing for Jarvis. When asked how Brewer was doing, they said he continued to have nightmares about the incident and still suffered physically and emotionally.

I really do hope this kid makes it. I spent time in the Chapel Hill Burn Unit after one of my relatives was severely burned and got to know a few patients. Watching them all go through what they do after suffering such extreme injuries is as horrifying as it is often inspiring. Make no mistake, severe burns can break a person six ways from Sunday, both physically and mentally.

So I’m giving Michael some fuck-up room, while hoping he strives to become more than just a run-of-the-mill drug user.

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  • His screams haunted me for a while…I would be on drugs too. Michael: Stick to pot, and never leave the house with it!

  • Evan Oswald

    well….maybe if he had left it at home he wouldn’t be in trouble right now. but OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS DUDE – at least when you have your cheeba in the minivan 😉

  • brandi

    I would be on drugs too!!!! Who am I kidding, I am on drugs…. moving along

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    After going through a hell like that, I would be on drugs, too. Let’s hope that the kid gets the help he needs to beat his addictions…and obeys traffic laws from now on.

  • newstarshipsmell

    So did he lose part of his right eye brow from the burn injuries, or did he try to tweeze them while riding high on his cornucopia of happy fun time?

    And WTF is up with that hair? Not covered by the fuck-up room, sorry.

  • Buffettgirl

    I’m going to go with Morbid on this one and give the kid a break, he’s earned one. I hope he pulls it together and gets on the right track.

  • not t0ofly

    The most disappointing part of this story is his haircut.

  • Jessica Bolanos

    I wonder why Denver Jarvis only got eight years as apposed to 11? He poured to alcohol on the poor boy, what did he expect to happen They are all equally guilty.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    I’m heading to a Flea Market this weekend. If there happens to be a table with “… 14 glass pipes, a bong, empty pill containers, a red straw and a blade …,” should I suspect something’s up?

  • Coyote

    Thanks for the update Morbid; I remember this story well. Considering that the doctor’s didn’t even know if he would survive his attack, the extensive surgeries and rehabilitation he went through, yea, he deserves some fuck up room. I hope that this will be a wake-up call for him to work on his mental health in a more productive way.

  • Gee

    Consider the amount of opiates he was on while recovering from these horrific injuries. That addiction is almost inevitable. Have a predisposition to addiction, long term opiates and just watch the phenomenon of craving kick in. This kid is looking for relief from a traumatic event. I hope he finds his way out from under the drugs.

  • Athena

    Interesting reactions to all of this. When I look at this picture, I’m less shocked by the fact that he was set on fire over a pipe. His strange, neo-Vanilla Ice stylings are not the result of trauma. They’re the direct result of hanging with retarded hood rats.

    He should not get a pass for fucking up after his trauma. He should get judged that much more harshly for being so near death and pissing away his second chance.

  • He apparently didn’t learn his lesson.

  • cedric

    Guy’s been through a lot so I also hope that he gets his act together … I was burned (3rd degree) on my chest,and half of my ass when I was almost – but not quite 3 years old.I had to spend weeks in the children’s burn ward before I was well enough to go home.Those burns bothered me for most of my child hood … for me it was mainly a mental issue of accepting the damage to my body … I felt like I was slightly different from the other kids, and was thankful that at least my burns were able to be concealed.I agree with Morbid.

  • Ok, maybe it’s just me but if someone set me on fire over a pipe I sure as shit wouldn’t be imbibing in the shit later on. Then again, I like to think my IQ is above my shoe size.

  • Yeah, I don’t think so. Bad shit happens to everyone. Just because bad shit happens it doesn’t give you an excuse to be a shithead

  • Sam

    “It happened back in 2009 when Brewer was confronted by 15-year-old Matthew Bent, who was angry over some dispute regarding a marijuana pipe.”
    It sounds like he was already into at least marijuana before he got torched. I would have thought that, if that is what started the kerfuffle in the first place, he would have wanted to steer clear of the stuff afterwards. He gets some fuckup room, sure, but a pass to throw his whole life away?

  • cedric

    Excuse me but did you give Michael credit for being able to hold the heaviest of doors open longer than the average door stop ?

  • He got caught with drugs, for God’s sake. that hardly qualifies being labelled a shithead.

  • xoodloverx

    why would you be driving around with 14 glass pipes? a bit excessive don’t you think?

  • newstarshipsmell

    That’s rough, Cedric. When I was 2 or 3, my dad dumped some hot coals on the concrete back porch for some reason… I was a spazz and poorly supervised, so predictably, I ignored angry shouts from my parents to not run out the back door…

    There’s a funny photo of me, somewhere, where I’m sitting on the back porch next to my older brother, and wearing nothing but a diaper and bandages around my feet. Luckily, my scarring was minimal and I don’t even remember this happening. I used to agonize over WTF was this oval-shaped weird lump on the bottom of one foot, and mentioned it to my mother when I was a teen, paranoid that it was a tumor or something. Didn’t know it was a burn scar until then. I can barely imagine how maddening that must be jacked up to the nth degree.

  • Emily12353

    Back when this happened, they said it was over a video game. But now this article says a marijuana pipe. Did new details come out later or something?

  • newstarshipsmell

    He got caught with drugs while driving high and blowing a red light. I’d call it a borderline case of shithead. I mean, I never got caught with drugs… But then, I’ve never claimed to be a decent person.

  • I’ve been caught with drugs and I perform worse traffic violations in traffic every day – as an adult. Still never considered myself a shithead. Besides, he’s 18. Had this not been someone who was in the news before, and was just some teen in Anytown, USA, this would have been a non-story and people would have been swapping stories about the stupid shit they did as a teenager..

  • He helped prosecute the other two boys.

  • curiousalways

    I bet he rolled on the other two and got a reduced sentence……..just a guess.

  • There were other people in the car so some could have been theirs. Or Brewer may be selling them, or just appreciates the fine art of a good, glass pipe..

  • xoodloverx

    i didn’t know there were other people in the car. i did think that he could be a door to door pipe salesmen. i appreciate the fine work of a good glass pipe, but personally i would leave it at home on a shelf for it to be admired. not something i drove around with so if for some silly chance i got pulled over i wouldn’t have it smashed in front of me. cops never seem to appreciate the art work of a glass pipe. =)

  • Coyote

    You really think so? Do you also think that a soldier coming back from the war with some serious PTSD who just saw half his troop decimated, and who lost both his legs ought to be judged by our society much harsher as well if he were caught with the drugs and paraphernalia?

  • newstarshipsmell

    You’ve never considered yourself a shithead?

  • JGo555

    It seems this dude did not learn his lesson about drugs. Although I understand why he uses them NOW… addicted because of the crime.

  • True that. But no one ever said Brewer is a smart pipe salesman or connoisseur. 😛

  • I thought people usually ended up engulfed in flames AFTER they started smoking crack?

  • Look, had he been caught with drugs while not operating a machine that could someone else I’d have merely called him a dolt, however seeing as he was driving a vehicle driving recklessly putting others at risk I deem him to be a shithead, actually now that I think about it he’s more like a shit-stain on the underpants of society. There, is that better?

  • JohnQknowitall

    My first instinct is a free pass, but on second he deserves some punishment for intention to distribute.

  • Dragonsmuse

    I agree with Athena. For the most part.
    I can understand why he got into drugs, if that incident led him to doing drugs. But that doesn’t mean he should get a pass because of it. I would feel the same way about a soldier suffering PTSD like one person commented. Id also feel the same if someone was addicted to opiates due to prescriptions. Pot doesn’t really bug me but an 18 year old doing crack needs to get a fine and some community service.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Hit him with the traffic violations, cut him a LOT of slack on the drugs. He might not be able to afford the prescriptions…

  • No kidding…Anytime I ever had it on me, I was bringing it home, and I drove like a driving instructor.

  • anticfox

    So I guess it just comes naturally to you?

  • anticfox

    He can’t help how he looks he’s from Florida. Just because you’re a never ending fount of optimism, I mean if you had been burned over what? 80% of your body and permanently scarred I guess you’d carry on like nothing happened and be perfect because you got that second chance-doesn’t mean everyone else can especially if you go through a trauma at 15 that lands you on heaven’s doorstep for MONTHS in agony because your fucking classmates try to kill you.

    He needs treatment and care not harsh judgement. Do you really think time in the joint would benefit him or society? Really?

    My god, woman have you no heart?

  • cedric

    The bottom of your feet huh? That hurts just to think about.

  • anticfox

    I’ll tellya what. I have PTSD and the depths of pain and the amount of support and resources it takes to dig out if it is severe is extreme. I’ve spent time with vets and rape survivors and done a ton of research on it-takes years to undo the damage and the damage is not just psychological it’s physical-the brain is literally reconstructed by trauma and has to rewire itself.

    A lot of people lead charmed lives. They and their loved ones haven’t faced violent death or severe maiming or killed someone or maimed someone or been brutally raped or whatever unholy horror you can think of so they don’t understand. There are orders of magnitude of suffering.

  • anticfox

    I think treatment and community service would be appropriate.

  • anticfox

    No pass, that would do more harm than good. He needs treatment and some sort of community service.

  • techsupp0rt

    Meh. He got ‘caught’ for making an illegal u-turn. Had he not done that, they wouldn’t have known about the drugs. He’s going to be on drugs anyway, he’s just going a bit further than doctor’s orders.

  • Bad shit happens to everyone? Sorry but I don’t know anybody else who was set on fire as a kid, maybe the shithead-ness level needs to be adjusted to how bad the shit you’ve been through was! He’s still young, people make mistakes, they learn from them and we all move on.

  • Twisted1

    Or move to WA. Or at least a state that allows it medically. I don’t think a doc would deny this poor kid.

  • Yeah, so since I was abused severely as a kid by my parents I should be given the clearance to act like a shit head? Cool, I’ll stop being a productive member of society and get right on that. Hence my original statement, bad shit happens to everyone.

  • You mad bro?

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  • cedric

    It occurs to me that now-a-days a lot of the things some of us went through as kids way back whenever would be investigated by CPS for possible child abuse …