The judicial process has just about run its course for the 17-year-old who admitted causing the death of a volunteer soccer referee during a match last April. But the consequences of a moment of unrestrained rage will be felt by the teenage soccer player, his family and the survivors of Ricardo Portillo for all their lives.
The teen pleaded guilty Monday to homicide by assault, a third-degree felony. He will remain in a juvenile prison facility, probably until his 21st birthday. The judge also required that he keep on his cell wall a picture of Portillo, the ref and beloved family man who the teen punched in the head, sending him into a coma and eventually ending his life.
The teenager also must write a letter each week to the Portillo family, explaining how he is working to change so that he will never again let his emotions overcome good judgment.