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Utah prosecutor weighs charges in soccer ref death

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    Johana Portillo-Lopez, daughter of Ricardo Portillo, who passed away after injuries he sustained after an assault by a soccer player at a soccer game he was refereeing on April 27, becomes emotional as she speaks about her father's death during a news conference in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Kim Raff)

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    Johana Portillo-Lopez, daughter of Ricardo Portillo, who passed away after injuries he sustained after an assault by a soccer player at a soccer game he was refereeing on April 27, is comforted by Antonio Lopez, left, brother-in-law of Ricardo, as she speaks about her father's death during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Kim Raff)

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    Alex Flores, left, and Silvia Castro place candles at a vigil for Ricardo Portillo, who passed away after injuries he sustained after an assault by a soccer player at a game he was refereeing on April 27.

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    Friends and family visit a vigil set up for Ricardo Portillo in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Police have accused a 17-year-old player in an April 27 recreational soccer league game of punching Portillo after he called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card. Portillo died Saturday after a week in a coma. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Kim Raff) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT.

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    Antonio Lopez, from left, with Juan Munoz, and Johana Portillo-Lopez, daughter of Ricardo Portillo, who died after injuries following an assault by a soccer player on April 27, becomes emotional after a news conference discussing Portillo's death, Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Police have accused a 17-year-old player in an April 27 recreational soccer league game of punching Portillo after he called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card. Portillo died Saturday after a week in a coma. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Kim Raff) DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT.

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    FILE - In this Thursday, May 2, 2013 file photo, Jose Lopez points to an undated photo of Ricardo Portillo, center, his brother-in-law, following a news conference, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. Portillo, a 46-year-old soccer referee who was punched by a teenage player during a game and later slipped into a coma died Saturday night, May 4, 2013, police said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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Alex Flores, left, and Silvia Castro place candles at a vigil for Ricardo Portillo, who passed away after injuries he sustained after an assault by a soccer player at a game he was refereeing on April 27.

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah prosecutor says he plans to decide within a day or two what charges to file against a teenager whom police say punched a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a coma.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says he and his team are reviewing the evidence and state statutes to determine appropriate charges. Gill says there are strict rules to follow because the suspect is a juvenile.

Police say the 17-year-old, whose name hasn’t been released, struck the 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo in the side of the head during a recreational soccer league match after the referee called a penalty.

Portillo died Saturday after a week in a coma.

The teen is in juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault. He may face more severe charges.

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