(SALT LAKE CITY) — A hearing is scheduled Monday in Salt Lake City for a teenager accused of killing a soccer referee with a single punch during a match.
The 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld because of his age, is facing a third-degree felony charge of homicide in the death of Ricardo Portillo.
At the hearing, a judge will determine whether the case stays in juvenile court or is moved to adult court as requested by prosecutors.
According to witnesses at the April 27 recreational soccer league match in the suburb of Taylorsville, Utah, the teenage player was upset that Portillo had issued him a yellow card for pushing an opposing forward who tried to score a goal, and the teen sucker-punched the ref.
Portillo, 46, was still conscious when he was brought to a hospital but he slipped into a coma from swelling in his brain and died a week later.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the teen admitted on Friday that there was enough probable cause to support the charge against him.
If tried as an adult, he faces up to five years in prison. If the case remains in the juvenile system, the teen could be held in detention until he turns 21. He turns 18 in October.
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