Prosecutor to decide charges against teen in ref’s death

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah prosecutor said he plans to decide soon what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a weeklong coma.

Authorities say the 17-year-old struck Ricardo Portillo in the head last month during a recreational league match after the referee called a penalty against him. The 46-year-old went into a coma and died Saturday.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he and other officials are reviewing evidence and state statutes to determine the appropriate charges, which he expects to announce by midweek.

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