Update: March 31, 8:30 a.m. PT: Former Power Rangers star Ricardo Medina Jr. has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and been sentenced to six years in prison, the maximum for the crime.
Medina was accused of killing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, with a sword after an argument took a tragic turn. He was originally charged with murder but pleaded to the lesser charge. Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell sentenced Medina to the maximum after hearing emotional testimony from the victim's family.
"Put this killer in general [prison] population so he will see and feel the same fear that Joshua must have felt," the victim's father, Donald Sutter, said.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, former star of Power Rangers Wild Force Ricardo Medina Jr. is facing up to six years in prison.
According to the Huffington Post, Medina pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday in a Los Angeles County court. Medina was brought up on charges in the stabbing death of his friend and former roommate, Joshua Sutter, and has maintained his innocence prior to entering a guilty plea. Previously, his lawyer, Alan Bell, stated that this was a self-defense case: "You have an individual here that was the victim of a beating in the kitchen area before he went to the bedroom and closed and locked the door in order to secure himself from any continuing violence."
Sutter was reportedly killed when he got into a fight with Medina. When Medina attempted to leave the fight and remove himself to his bedroom to be with his then-girlfriend, Sutter reportedly forced his way into the room. Medina allegedly grabbed a nearby sword and used it to stab Sutter in the abdomen. The L.A. County district attorney's office reports that Medina's plea included "one felony count of voluntary manslaughter" and that Medina did admit he used the sword to stab Sutter.
Medina's case has not only made headlines because of the particularly sad details around the case — the murder of a friend — but because of the professional notoriety attached to Medina. In the early '00s, he was the star of Power Rangers Wild Force, playing Red Ranger Cole Evans. Medina remained attached to the Power Rangers universe, gaining roles in successive Power Rangers-themed TV shows and specials, including Power Rangers Samurai.
Medina's fate will be decided when he returns to court on March 30.
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