Suspect in grisly, dumpster fire murder takes plea deal

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Tampa, Florida - "He was one of the most kindest people; he had the most wonderful spirit," says Lynn Colicci of her son.

That's the way she wants to remember him-alive and smiling.

But instead, thoughts of how "Robbie" died-stabbed, beaten and burned alive last May in a Brandon dumpster-bring her back to court again and again.

"No one on this earth deserves what happened to my son-no one," Colicci told Brendan Terry in a Tampa courtroom Thursday. Terry had just pleaded guilty to killing her son.

Just weeks away from a 1st degree murder trial, a possible death penalty case, prosecutors offered the 20-year-old a plea deal.  Terry took it-30 years in prison for 2nd degree murder and kidnapping.

The prosecutor declined to comment on the deal, but defense attorney Lyann Goudie says the state offered it, because their case depended on co-defendants testifying. 

"That's always a kind of tricky road, because you can't always rely on those people," Goudie said after today's hearing.

Brewer's family understands the prosecutor's decision, but they don't have to like it. Terry helped torture and kill their loved one and they expected Terry to spend the rest of his life in prison.

"When his family wants to go visit him they can. I have to go to the cemetery to visit my son," says Colicci, tears streaming down her cheeks. "I'll never be able to hear his voice and hear him say 'I love you Momma,' never again."

Five people were arrested on various charges in connection with the murder. Two defendants have now pleaded guilty and three trials remain. It will be a long and emotional road for Brewer's family, but his mother says she owes it to him to be at every single hearing.

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