A 17-year-old boy accused of fatally punching a soccer referee was charged Wednesday in juvenile court with committing a homicide. But Salt Lake County prosecutors are already seeking to move the teen’s case to adult court.
The teen — who is not being named by The Salt Lake Tribune because he is a juvenile — allegedly caused the death of Ricardo Portillo with a single punch to the head during an April 27 soccer match at Eisenhower Junior High in Taylorsville.
Portillo, 46, of Salt Lake City, died Saturday after nearly a week in a coma.
The teen is charged in 3rd District Juvenile Court with third-degree felony homicide by assault.
The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison in the adult system. But if the case remains in the juvenile system, the teen could be held in detention until he is 21 years old.
Utah law allows a minor over the age of 14 to be certified as an adult during a hearing before a juvenile court judge.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
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