Published Mar 31, 2017Former Power Rangers actor Ricardo Medina Jr. has been sentenced to six years in prison for fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword.
The actor was initially charged with first-degree murder, but claimed self-defence and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter earlier this month. Yesterday (March 30), Judge Daviann L. Mitchell sentenced Medina to six years behind bars.
"Put this killer in general [prison] population so he will see and feel the same fear that Joshua must have felt," Sutter's father said in an emotional testimony. "We also hope that everyone that looks at Ricardo from now on will never see him as a celebrity but as nothing more than a cold-blooded killer."
The incident took place on January 31, 2015 at Medina and Joshua Sutter's shared home in Green Valley, CA. Following an argument between the roommates about how Medina's girlfriend has parked her car, Medina retreated to his room. According to his lawyer Stanley L. Friedman, Sutter broke through the locked bedroom door and Medina stabbed him with a sword multiple times, killing him.
Medina is best known for his role as Red Lion Wild Force Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force, and later played Deker in Power Rangers Samurai. He has no affiliation to the Power Rangers reboot that is currently in theatres.