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Last person in grisly Brandon trash bin death gets life

Kasey Ackerman, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and armed kidnapping in the death of Robert Brewer, appears in court for a hearing on May 18, 2012.

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Kasey Ackerman, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and armed kidnapping in the death of Robert Brewer, appears in court for a hearing on May 18, 2012.

Times Staff

TAMPA — Five people were arrested in the gruesome 2010 murder of 26-year-old Robert Brewer, who was repeatedly stabbed and then set on fire in a Brandon trash bin.

On Monday, a judge sentenced the final person.

Kasey Ackerman, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping. He will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Ackerman was 20 years old when he hosted a drug-laced party at his Brandon apartment and told friends he wanted to kill Brewer, whom they had met at the mall and invited over that day.

Ackerman and his friend Brendan Terry stabbed Brewer multiple times. When Brewer did not die, they stabbed him again. Finally, Randy Allen Morris went to buy gasoline.

The men carried Brewer to a nearby trash bin. He was still alive when they set him on fire.

Morris, 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping last year and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In 2010, Terry, 23, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder, as well as kidnapping. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Ackerman's then-girlfriend, Rosanna DiMauro, 41, and her son, David Link, 21, both admitted assisting the attackers after the killing.

DiMauro helped clean up the blood. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011.

Link helped carry Brewer to the trash bin and also helped buy the $3 worth of gas used to set him on fire. He was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in 2010 to being an accessory after the fact.

He served 2 1/2 years and was released in November.

Last person in grisly Brandon trash bin death gets life 05/13/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 11:50pm]
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