Family Of Teen Charged In Death Of Referee Apologizes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The teenager was charged last month with homicide by assault. Prosecutors want to try him as an adult.

Ricardo Portillo

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Friday, June 14, 2013

The family of a Utah teenager charged in the death of a soccer referee apologized to the man's family for the first time, saying it cannot imagine how much they miss their father.

The apology was read Friday by the 17-year-old boy's sister following a court hearing in which the boy pleaded not guilty. A juvenile court judge denied a request by the teenager's attorney to let him out of detention.

Police say the teenager punched Ricardo Portillo in the head on April 27 after Portillo called a foul on him in a soccer game. Portillo died after a weeklong coma.

The teenager was charged last month with homicide by assault. Prosecutors want to try him as an adult.

The Associated Press is withholding the teenager's name because he's a minor.


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