The drama of Hollywood doesn’t always restrict itself to the screen — it sometimes makes its way into the court room. And, while lots of Hollywood crimes center around drugs or theft, occasionally famous people get caught up in some truly brutal acts. If revived interest in cases like The People v. O.J. Simpson tells us anything, it’s that the public gets interested when well-known figures are caught up in dark stories. That fascination, however, gets all the more disturbing when said well-known figure’s claim to fame is starring in a children’s TV show.
Ricardo Medina Jr., best known for his role as Cole Evans/Red Wild Force Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force and Power Rangers Samurai, became notorious following his arrest in 2015 in connection with the stabbing of his roommate, 36-year-old Joshua Sutter. He was released in February of that year, and claimed that he stabbed Sutter in self-defense after the man charged into his bedroom.
Early last year, Medina was taken in again on murder charges for the same case following further investigation. Today, he pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in felony court, according to The Wrap. He will likely face six years in state prison, following a sentencing on March 30. The actor admitted to using a sword in the stabbing.
According to reports, Medina and Sutter were engaged in an argument about Medina’s girlfriend that turned physical. Medina called the police following the attack. He had only lived in the shared home for two months. In his 911 call, Medina asks of his roommate, “Why did you make me do this?” Medina’s girlfriend alleges that the confrontation between Medina and Sutter was “really physical.” He reportedly stabbed Sutter once with a samurai sword, a detail made all the more disturbing given Medina’s role in the show Power Rangers Samurai, which was widely criticized for its violent themes. Medina pleaded not guilty against former charges of murder.
This attack was apparently quite grisly, and multiple members of the victim’s family traveled to California to testify. Whether Medina acted in self-defense or not, Sutter’s death was unnecessary and tragic. It’s nice to see the Sutter family get some justice. This will undoubtedly cast some bad PR on the upcoming Power Rangers movie, despite its only connections to Medina being its shared franchise name. The film is set to debut just six days before Medina’s sentencing.
Source: The Wrap