LOS ANGELES — An actor who starred in the Power Rangers TV series pleaded guilty Thursday (March 16) to manslaughter in the stabbing death of his roommate in 2015.
Ricardo Medina, 38, of Green Valley, California, faced 26 years to life in prison if convicted of murder. Instead, the actor will face six years in prison at his sentencing on March 30 in Antelope Valley Superior Court.
Medina was accused of stabbing the roommate, 36-year-old Josh Sutter, with a samurai sword in an argument over Medina’s girlfriend on Jan 31, 2015. Following the fatal confrontation Medina called the 911 emergency number and remained at the scene until sheriff's deputies arrived. Sutter died of his injuries.
Medina claimed he acted in self defence. Medina was arrested at the time of Sutter's death but was released within days after prosecutors asked for further investigation into the high-profile case.
In court, Josh Sutter’s father, Donald Sutter, denied that his son could have been the aggressor. “Josh don’t have that in his heart to attack anybody,” he said.
At a preliminary hearing in October, prosecutors played a 911 recording in which Medina could be heard talking to Sutter after the stabbing: “Damn it, Josh. Why did you do this, man. Why did you make me do this?”
Medina appeared in 40 episodes of Power Rangers Wild Force as Cole Evans, the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger, in 2002, and returned to the franchise in 2011, appearing in 24 episodes of Power Rangers Samurai. His other acting credits include a 2003 episode of E.R. and a 2004 episode of CSI: Miami. VARIETY.COM/REUTERS