Power Rangers Actor Pleads Guilty to Killing Roommate With Sword

posted on by Karen Ressler
Incident occurred in January 2015

Power Rangers Wild Force actor Ricardo Medina Jr. (38) pleaded guilty on Thursday to killing his roommate. Medina faced 26 years to life in prison if convicted, but he will instead face a six-year prison sentence. He will be sentenced on March 30.

The incident originally occurred in the afternoon on January 31, 2015. Medina allegedly killed his 36-year-old roommate Joshua Sutter after an argument turned physical. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated at the time that Sutter had forced his way into Medina's bedroom, where Medina and his girlfriend were, during the altercation in January 2015. Medina then allegedly stabbed Sutter once in the abdomen with a sword he kept next to the door. Medina called 911 at about 3:50 p.m., and the detectives then interviewed him at their Palmdale Station.

Although he was arrested at the time, Medina claimed the incident was self-defense, and Los Angeles County prosecutors did not charge him with the crime. Los Angeles County district attorney spokesperson Ricardo Santiago said in February 2015 that prosecutors had the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for "further investigation" before they decided whether to charge Medina for the incident. Medina was arrested and charged with murder in January 2016.

Medina played Cole Evans or Red Lion Wild Force Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force, and he also played Deker in Power Rangers Samurai.

Source: Variety (Gene Maddaus)

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