'Power Rangers' Actor Pleads Guilty To Killing Roommate With Sword

He was charged with voluntary manslaughter after an altercation with his roommate.

By Eric Shorey

You know how you always hear weird rumors about actors who played roles important in your childhood — like Steve from Blue's Clues becoming a heroin addict or something? Turns out that sometimes those urban legends turn out to be true: Ricardo Medina, an actor best known for his role as the Red Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force, has pled guilty to killing his roommate with a sword.

According to the LA Times, the murder occurred in January of 2016 following an argument Medina had with his roommate, Josh Sutter, over the way Medina's girlfriend had parked her car. Sutter eventually forced his way into Medina's room where he was stabbed with a sword that Medina kept by his door. Medina had argued the killing was in self-defense. 

One curious detail from the report: police would not provide details as to why it took them a year to charge the actor with a crime. Ultimately, Medina's charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter following the guilty plea. Had this not been the case, Medina potentially faced life in prison.

Medina had moved to LA in 2011 to help his sister take care of her business of selling rescue dogs. She noted his behavior became erratic shortly after that. “We just want him where he belongs, and to start trying to live again. That’s what Josh would want," she said following his sentencing.

How eerily fitting that the new dark, gritty Power Rangers reboot is upon us right now, as well.

[Photo: Screenshot via YouTube]

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