Having pleaded from possible pay away prison for stabbing his roommate to death in 2015, ex-Power Rangers actor Ricardo Medina Jr was sentenced to six years in jail. He admitted to an allegation of using a sword in the killing of Josh Sutter.
Ricardo appeared in court Thursday where LA Superior Court Judge Daviann Mitchell handed down the six years sentence, 2 weeks after the actor pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and by his own admission, he used a sword in the killing.
Medina Escaped From Life Imprisonment Call
Even with its 11-year maximum, the voluntary manslaughter charge agreed to by L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's office is a lot less than the life sentence Medina would have received had he been found guilty of the murder charge on which he was arrested in January 2016. As it is, Medina could be out on parole in less than three years, law enforcement officials tell Deadline.
After playing Red Wild Force Ranger on Fox Kids and ABC Kids' Wild Force, Medina was brought back to the franchise - which creator Haim Saban had re-purchased from Disney - in 2011 for "Power Rangers Samurai." That season of the "Power Rangers" was split in two, with "Power Rangers Super Samurai" making up the second set of 20 episodes in 2012.
Medina's Crime Recap
The January 2016 arrest was the second time Medina was picked up for the killing of Sutter.On January 31, 2015, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, detained Medina after he and Sutter got into a lethal argument concerning the former's girlfriend. As things regrettably escalated, Medina got hold of a razor-sharp samurai sword they had around the apartment and repetitively stabbed Sutter to death.
At the time, Lacey's office said the incident was still under investigation and that it would not rule out arresting Medina again - which is exactly what happened on January 14 last year, with a new murder charge and bail set at $1 million.
Golden State carries three of potential sentences for voluntary manslaughter crime - three years, the six years Medina got or the max of 11 years.