An actor who played one of the “Power Rangers” on a children’s TV show received a sentence of six years in prison for stabbing his roommate to death with a sword. The AP reports that Ricardo Medina Jr. was sentenced today after pleading guilty earlier this month to voluntary manslaughter.
Medina had argued that he acted in self-defense in the 2015 killing of Joshua Sutter. Medina was initially charged with first-degree murder.
“Medina’s attorney, Stanley L. Friedman, said his client agreed to plead to the lesser charge rather than risk a murder conviction and a possible life sentence,” the AP reports.
The report adds: “Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell sentenced Medina after hearing emotional testimony from Sutter’s family members who gathered in her Lancaster, California, courtroom.”
The report quotes the victim’s father, Donald Sutter, saying in court: “Put this killer in general (prison) population so he will see and feel the same fear that Joshua must have felt.”
The two men had reportedly argued about Medina’s girlfriend.
“Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on ‘Power Rangers Wild Force’ in 2002,” the report notes. “He was the voice of Deker on ‘Power Rangers Samurai’ in 2011 and 2012 and also appeared in such shows as ‘ER’ and ‘CSI: Miami.'”