Ricardo Medina Jr., a former star “Power Rangers Wild Force” star, was sentenced to six years in state prison for the stabbing death of Josh Sutter, a representative for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to The Huffington Post.
Sutter was identified as Medina’s roommate by the LA County DA’s Office, though Medina’s attorney reportedly said the two were just friends, not roommates, according to KTLA.
Medina Jr. pleaded guilty earlier this month to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted to stabbing Sutter with a sword. Six years was the maximum sentence.
The 38-year-old actor was arrested for the crime back in January, after he and Sutter allegedly got into an argument that turned physical.
According to LA County Sheriff’s Department, Sutter forced himself into Medina’s bedroom, where Medina had gone with his girlfriend in the midst of the argument. The actor then stabbed Sutter with a sword he kept in his room. Afterward, Medina reportedly called police and was arrested when they arrived.
The actor was held in jail for short period, but was released after a few days because the DA’s office declined to file charges against him. The DA did, however, ask the LA County Sheriff’s Department to continue their investigation into the incident, ABC7 reported.
At the time, Bell said the case was “a self-defense case,” according to ABC7.
Medina is best known for playing Cole Evans/Red Lion Wild Force Ranger in 2002’s “Power Rangers Wild Force.” He also played Dekker in “Power Rangers Samurai” in 2011–2012 and has had small parts on “ER” and “CSI: Miami.”
The Huffington Post has reached out to Medina’s lawyer for further information and will update this post accordingly.