A former Power Ranger has admitted to stabbing his roommate to death with a sword last year, according to prosecutors.
On Thursday, Ricardo Medina Jr., 38, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the January 2015 slaying of Josh Sutter. E! News reported that prosecutors claimed the pair got into an argument about how Medina’s girlfriend parked her car and the actor stabbed the victim multiple times with a Conan the Barbarian sword.
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TMZ reported that the 38-year-old originally claimed it was self-defense and he was released. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office then instructed police to investigate the case further. The ex-Power Ranger was re-arrested a year later in January 2016 and was charged with first-degree murder.
“It was an offer that was definitely worth it for him to take,” Medina’s attorney, Stanley Friedman, told the Los Angeles Times. “It mitigated his risk of potentially getting a life sentence.”
The victim’s sister, Rachel Kennedy, claimed Sutter moved to Los Angeles to help her start a business selling rescued dogs. Medina moved into the home where the business was supposed to take place and began acting erratically. Kennedy alleged at one point Medina threatened to let the dogs go.
“This was the first step in maybe getting some of my life back,” Kennedy told the Times. “We just want him where he belongs, and to start trying to live again. That’s what Josh would want.”
According to Time, Medina appeared as the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on Power Rangers Wild Force from 2002 to 2003 and antagonist Deker in Power Rangers Samurai from 2011 to 2012.
Medina faces six years in prison. He will be sentenced on May 30.
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