Brandon man gets life sentence in beating, burning death
TAMPA - The person authorities say was most responsible for the 2010 slaying of a man who was beaten, stabbed and set on fire was sentenced Monday to life in prison. Kasey Lee Ackerman, 23, avoided the death penalty by entering guilty pleas to first-degree murder and armed kidnapping in the death of Robert Mason Brewer, 26, who was dumped into a trash bin in Brandon. Mark Cox, spokesman for the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, said Brewer’s mother was present in court and signed off on the plea deal. Four other defendants have previously entered guilty pleas.Brewer met the suspects at the Westfield Brandon mall and went back to their apartment at 201 Brandon Manor Court to take drugs, according to the prosecution. Once there, Brewer took Xanax and became incoherent before falling asleep in a chair. Brendan Lee Terry and Ackerman, who thought Brewer had been flirting with Ackerman's girlfriend, stabbed Brewer in the abdomen and neck, according to the prosecution. Brewer was stabbed and beaten some more, according to the prosecution. Ultimately, Brewer was wrapped in plastic, put inside his own duffel bag, put on a trolley and put in a trash bin, where Ackerman and another defendant lit him on fire.