I posted last week about a 17 yr punchin a soccor ref in the face because he got a yellow card putting the ref in critical condtion. The ref died over the weekend.
Prosecutors Monday will begin reviewing evidence surrounding the death of a local soccer referee who passed away after being assaulted by a 17-year-old player.
Prosecutors could decide whether to press murder or other charges against the teen in adult court.
Ricardo Portillo, 46, died late Saturday night after being in a coma for several days. He was officiating a game on April 27 and issued a yellow card during the game, penalizing a 17-year-old player. The player punched Portillo in the head, police said.
The suspect has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault.
Legal analyst Tanya Lewis explained that in Utah, prosecutors have discretion whether to charge a 16- or 17-year-old as an adult without a hearing in juvenile court. Lewis said determining factors include the seriousness of the crime.
She said prosecutors also may look at prior convictions, allegations, and behavior. "Is this a good kid who just made a terrible mistake one day?" Lewis said.
"There's a variety of factors and they're going to look at all of those things," Lewis said. "They're also going to consider justice for the victim's family and for the victim, too. "
The teen already faces the prospect of an aggravated assault charge in juvenile court. If he is charged as an adult, several charges are possible, Lewis said.
She said facing charges as an adult would be very different from appearing in juvenile court, because the rules are very different.
"Cases are typically closed (in juvenile court)," Lewis said. "Media does not have a right to be there. Cases typically are sealed and the punishments are much more lenient than you would find in adult court."
The district attorney is expected to decide on any possible charges this week.
What do you think should happen to this kid? I still stand by he needs to be charged as an adult. I think homicide by assault or manslaughter. I can't believe they are debating if he should be charged as an adult. He is less then a year from being legally considered an adult. He did a senseless act and now we are considering his feelings and life? What about the life he took?
Answer by Dardenella at 3:01 PM on May. 7, 2013
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How terrible for all involved. I'm betting the kid just lost control of his temper & now look what has happened. His life is forever changed & an innocent man is dead. I'm sure this man had a family & friends who are grieving for him. The whole thing just sucks & I'm glad I don't have to to be the one to make the decision on how to handle this young boy's life. Looking at it from the victim's side, if it was my dad or my husband, I'd be calling for him to be tried as an adult. Looking at it from a parent's side, I'd be begging for my son's future to be spared as much as possible. It's a tough call. Prayers to the victim's family.
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