Ricardo Medina, who previously played the role of a Power Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday. The charge stemmed from a fatal stabbing incident from 2015, in which Medina’s roommate at the time was killed.
According to a report from Variety, Medina was accused of stabbing his roommate, Josh Sutter, with a samurai sword during a heated argument over Medina’s girlfriend on January 31, 2015. Medina called 911 for medical assistance and was heard on the taped phone call saying “Why did you make me do this?” Medina’s initial claim was he was acting in self-defense, but the release of the taped 911 call, which was heard last October, may have been a tipping point to lead to a plea.
Prosecutors waited an entire year before bringing on a murder charge against Medina. Medina was arrested the day of the incident but released due to a lack of evidence at the time to bring a manslaughter charge to the table with much credibility. Dog bites on Sutter’s body were initially mistaken for wounds suffered at the time of the incident. Instead, prosecutors asked for a more thorough investigation to be conducted to bring a more validated charge of manslaughter to the court. Once that case was established, Medina was arrested for a second time.
Now, Medina faces up to six years in a state prison. So I’m guessing he might not be going to see the latest Power Rangers movie in theaters.
In addition to his role as the Red Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force in 2002, Medina also appeared in Power Rangers Samurai in 2011-2012. The irony there is amazing.
[Variety/Photo: Getty Images]