Teen Pleads Guilty In Utah Soccer Ref Death

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Associated Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A teenager charged with killing a Utah soccer referee over a call during a game has pleaded guilty to a charge of homicide by assault.

The plea deal was hashed out Monday morning between the teen's attorneys and prosecutors. Under the deal, prosecutors agreed to keep the case in juvenile court.

Police say the teenager punched 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo once in the head on April 27 after the referee called a foul on him. Portillo died after a weeklong coma, leaving behind three daughters.

The killing brought new attention to the issue of violence in youth sports.

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