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Teens charged in Roger Trindade's beating death turn down plea deal

Simeon Hall, Jesse Sutherland arrested in Winter Park death

ORLANDO, Fla. – The two teenage suspects charged in the beating death of a Winter Park 15-year-old turned down a plea deal offered by the state attorney's office Friday.

Simeon Hall and Jesse Sutherland faces manslaughter charges in the 2016 death of Roger Trindade. 

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.

A 15-year-old boy was also charged with witness tampering in the case. He was sentenced in February to a less restrictive detention program.

Jesse Sutherland, 16, and Simeon Hall, 16
Jesse Sutherland, 16, and Simeon Hall, 16

Hall and Sutherland were expected in court at 10 a.m. Friday for a hearing and were offered a deal by the Orange Osceola State Attorney's Office that consisted of three years served time followed by seven years probation and included restitution to Trindade's family for medical and funeral expenses.

Both teens turned down the plea deal and say they want the case to go to trial.

In February, county prosecutors filed an additional battery charge against both Hall and Sutherland.

Hall was in court Thursday for a hearing on the battery charge. However, Hall was not arraigned on the new charge and another hearing was added for Friday, court records show.

Trindade's father, Ricardo Trindade, said he and his wife are not happy with the teens not taking responsibility for their actions. 
"I think the trial is going to be painful on us because we are going to have to go through all those details again of his murder. So, of course if that could have been avoided it would be less pain for us. But we will do anything that is needed," Ricardo Trindade said. 

Trial will begin Monday at 9 a.m.


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