The teenager was playing goalie when ref Ricardo Portillo issued him a yellow card for pushing an opposing forward trying to score a goal. A yellow card is given as a warning.
The teenager argued with the referee, then hammered a punch to his face.Portillo initially seemed fine, then became dizzy and vomited blood. When police arrived, the teenager had left the scene and Portillo was laying on the ground in the fetal position. He told EMTs that his face and back hurt and he felt nauseous. He was in fair condition when he arrived at the hospital but then slipped into a coma with swelling in his brain.
The district attorney is seeking to have the teen tried as an adult on the charge of homicide by assault, a charge issued when an attack unintentionally causes death. He said it became clear in looking at the facts that the teenager’s actions didn’t amount to murder or manslaughter. “We did not believe we could demonstrate the premeditation or intent to justify those charges,” he told The Associated Press. “Those other charges require another type of mental state. We did not believe that type of mental state was present.”
The fact that the teenager will soon turn 18, combined with the seriousness of the crime, led to the decision to push to have him tried as an adult. If convicted, the teen could be sentenced to five years in prison.
I note that in other jurisdictions, a 17-year old would be facing criminal charges without juvenile court intervention. In the state of Georgia, for example, a teen turning seventeen the day before his actual birthday graduates him to criminal court.
(Source: The Huffington Post, wsbtv) (Photo Credit: heyzap.com)