'I was frustrated,' says teen who admits killing referee

Judge orders soccer player to keep photo of victim in his cell until he's 21

Published: Monday, Aug. 5 2013 5:20 p.m. MDT

"What the court is (most) concerned by is that your one act of violence was without any cause or excuse or any justification," Hornak said, adding that Portillo was serving the community when he was killed. "In one moment of rage you took away his life, you changed the life of all of his daughters and you changed your life and your family's life forever."

Monday's resolution was unexpected. On Friday, attorneys announced that they had agreed to stipulate that there was probable cause to show Teran had punched Portillo and a hearing where the evidence would have been presented against him was canceled. The hearing on Monday was initially to determine if Teran should be prosecuted as an adult.

Prosecutor Patricia Cassell said it was a "fair and good resolution" to the case. She said a report prepared before the certification hearing recommended that Teran not be certified as an adult.

Even with a prison sentence in the adult system, the most time Teran could have been sentenced to serve was five years. This way, he could spend as many as four years in custody and the judge's sentence would still send him to the juvenile equivalent of prison.

The Youth Parole Authority will ultimately determine how much time Teran spends in custody, Cassell said.

She said she hopes the case would stay with the community and prompt more thought and conversation about violence in organized sports.

"I think society needs to remember this and be impacted by it," she said.

Portillo family spokesman Tony Yapias agreed. "To act in violence doesn't solve any problems," he said. "I hope this has been a lesson for all of us."

Ana Portillo said the family cannot yet accept Teran's apology, but they hope to some day. But his apology will help as they grieve.

The three daughters said they weren't expecting the judge to order Teran to post their father's image in his cell, but they hope the photo will also feature them and Portillo's three grandchildren, so that Teran will grasp the entirety of their family's loss.

"It's hard to go home and he's not there," Johana Portillo said. "We miss his jokes, we miss his hugs. We miss everything about him."

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