HOLLYWOOD—On Thursday, March 30, former “Power Rangers” star, Ricardo Medina Jr. was sentenced to 6 years in prison for fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword. TMZ was the first to break the news.
In January 2015, Medina, 38, was having a disagreement with his roommate, Joshua Sutter whom he stabbed in the stomach with a sword after being interrupted by Sutter. The disagreement turned into a physical altercation. The men allegedly got into an argument over Medina’s girlfriend. Medina went into his bedroom with his girlfriend during the fight and Sutter forced his way into the room. After Sutter entered the room, Medina stabbed him to death with a sword that Medina kept close by. Medina called 911 and was arrested upon their arrival.
During the investigation, Medina declared the act as self-defense. Medina’s attorney, Allan Bell informed ABC 7 news at the time: “It is a self defense case. You have an individual here that was a victim to a beating in the kitchen before he went into the bedroom to remove himself from the disagreement.”
Agencies investigating the crime declined to charge Medina. After spending a few nights in jail, he was released as the investigation continued.
In 2016, Medina was arrested again for the same crime and charged with first-degree murder and held on bail for $1 million. On March 16, Medina pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted an allegation of using a sword in the killing.
Medina played Cole Evans, the Red Wild Force Ranger in the television series, “Power Rangers Wild Force”. Later, Medina acted in the latest “Power Rangers” series: “Power Rangers Samurai” as Dekker.