Medina “entered the plea to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted an allegation of using a sword in the killing,” the LA Court DA’s office said in a statement.
The actor is facing up to six years in state prison for the crime. Sentencing is scheduled for March 30, according to the press release.
The 38-year-old actor was arrested back in January, after he allegedly got into an argument with Sutter, which then turned into a physical fight. The LA Court DA’s office has called Sutter Medina’s “roommate,” though Medina’s attorney Allen Bell told KTLA in 2015 Sutter was just a friend, not a roommate.
According to the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Medina went into his bedroom with his girlfriend in the midst of the fight, but Sutter forced his way into the room. Then, Medina allegedly stabbed Sutter with a sword he kept next to the bedroom door. Afterward, Medina called 911, waited for police and was arrested when they arrived.
Medina was held in jail for a few days but he was released after the DA’s office declined to file any 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 told ABC7, “It is a self-defense case. It’s been a self-defense case. You have an individual here that was the victim of a beating in the kitchen area before he went to the bedroom and closed and locked the door in order to secure himself from any continuing violence.”
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.”