Third teen pleads no contest in Winter Park boy's beating death

Roger Trindade died in October

ORLANDO, Fla. – A teen charged in connection with the beating death of a 15-year-old boy in Winter Park entered a plea Thursday of no contest.

Roger Trindade was found unconscious on the night of Oct. 15 in the popular Winter Park shopping and dining area near Central Park. He died after being taken off life support.

The 14-year-old boy pleaded no contest to a felony charge of witness tampering and battery after investigators said he threatened a middle school student to not talk about the case.

The judge ruled that the 14-year-old could be placed on home confinement with GPS monitoring.

In addition to the 14-year-old boy's arrest, Jesse Sutherland, 15, and Simeon Hall, 15, were arrested on manslaughter charges in Trindade's death.

The trial date has been scheduled for Feb. 24.

A judge ruled Wednesday that Sutherland and Hall could be released from custody and placed on home detention. Both teens will be monitored by GPS devices.

"They are going to be free and I don't have my boy back, and these are dangerous boys," Roger Trindade's mother, Adriana Trindade, told News 6.

"I wish they (would) leave those boys a lot of time in jail to think about what they're doing wrong," Adriana Trindade said.

A status plea hearing for the 14-year-old boy is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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