On Thursday, Power Rangers’ former actor was sentenced to six years in prison for stabbing his roommate to death with a sword two years ago.
Earlier this month, Ricardo Medina Jr. pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after saying he acted in self-defense. The actor was charged with first-degree murder first in the death of 36-year-old Joshua Sutter.
Stanley L. Friedman, Medina’s attorney didn’t want to risk a murder conviction and a possible life sentence, which is why he agreed to plead to the lesser charge.
Medina was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell, she heard emotional testimony from Sutter’s family members who gathered in her Lancaster, California, courtroom.
Donald Sutter, the victim’s father, said in a voice filled with emotion “Put this killer in general (prison) population so he will see and feel the same fear that Joshua must have felt.”
On Jan. 31, 2015, Medina stabbed Joshua Sutter to death after an argument that took place in the home the two shared in Green Valley, a mountain town north of Los Angeles.
According to Friedman, the argument was over Medina’s girlfriend. It began in the kitchen and after it became heated, she and Medina fled to his bedroom and locked the door. However, Sutter broke through the door and that’s when Medina stabbed him with a sword he kept in the room
In 2002, Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on “Power Rangers Wild Force.” In 2011 and 2012, he was the voice of Deker on “Power Rangers Samurai.” He also appeared in such shows as “ER” and “CSI: Miami.”
No one would look at Medina as a celebrity again, according to Sutter’s father’s words to the judge