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Former Power Ranger Ricardo Medina Jr. Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Roommate To Death

Actor Ricardo Medina Jr. has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, in 2015. Medina Jr., who played the Red Ranger in “Power Rangers Wild Force,” spent a year claiming self-defense when he was first arrested in 2015. Now, more than two years after the death of Joshua Sutter, Medina Jr. has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and could face up to six years in state prison when he is sentenced later this month.

Former Red Ranger Ricardo Medina Jr. fatally stabbed his roommate, Joshua Sutter, with a sword.


Sutter’s sister, Rachel Kennedy, told Los Angeles Times the guilty plea has provided some sense of closure: “This was the first step in maybe getting some of my life back. We just want him where he belongs, and to start trying to live again. That’s what Josh would want.”

Everything began on Jan. 31, 2015, when Medina Jr. and Sutter got into an argument that turned physical and led to Sutter being stabbed. By February 3, Medina Jr. was released from custody with no charges.


Medina Jr. and Sutter reportedly got into an argument over how Medina Jr.’s girlfriend had parked her car. After their altercation, Medina Jr. called 911, described Sutter’s injuries to the operator and waited for help to arrive. Sutter was pronounced dead later in the hospital. At the time, Medina Jr. was adamant that he was innocent and was only acting in self-defense –something Sutter’s sister denied. After being arrested in 2015, Medina Jr. was released with no charges. Instead, the district attorney told the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to investigate the situation further before they could try the case in court.

“He should absolutely pay for this one way or another,” Kennedy told ABC 7. “I won’t give up, and I won’t let my little brother’s voice ever be stopped. I will speak for him and fight for him forever.”

Law enforcement officials investigated the case for a year before the actor was arrested for a second time for the same crime at the beginning of 2016.


Allen Bell, Medina Jr.’s attorney, spoke out against the second arrest accusing prosecutors and the district attorney of prejudice and mishandling the case.

“As far as I know, nothing has changed since a year ago when Rickey was first arrested,” Bell told TMZ in January 2016. “From the evidence I am aware of, he is as innocent now as he was then. Waiting a year to charge someone can prejudice a client; memories become faded, you may not be able to find percipient witnesses, and crime scenes can get corrupted.”

By September 2016, Medina Jr. was arraigned. He pleaded not guilty to the crime of murder then and was held on a $1 million bail.


Medina Jr. then switched his plea to guilty on charges of voluntary manslaughter this week.


Medina Jr. is scheduled for sentencing on March 30 and could face up to 6 years in prison for the death of Sutter.


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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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11-Year-Old Boy Steals School Bus, Leads Cops on a 45-Minute High-Speed Chase in Baton Rouge

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On Sunday morning, drivers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were treated to a sight they definitely don’t see very often: an 11-year-old boy driving a school bus. But it wasn’t just any “ride”; it was an unaccompanied, illegal joy ride.

That’s right, over the weekend, a young Louisiana boy managed to steal a school bus from the local Head Start and take it out for a spin.

He then led police officers on a 45-minute, high-speed chase around Baton Rouge.

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A TikTok user named @lainetaylor captured the chase on video. As the school bus zoomed down the street, it appeared that around a dozen cop cars were in hot-pursuit of the rogue boy.

Witness Joy Gradney described her first-hand experience to the local WAFB news station, saying, “As he got closer and closer and closer, I saw it’s a little boy in there and he was laughing. He was like giggling on the way across Florida [Ave] as he goes right past me. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe it’s a little boy!'”

According to authorities, the bus was a “push to start” model, so it was easy for the boy to start the vehicle without any keys. As for how he could reach the pedals, that’s a question we’d like an answer to.

Police also claimed that they little boy was flipping them off and taunting them as he drove the stolen school bus.

The chase eventually ended when the bus crashed into a tree. Thankfully, no one was hurt (although three other cars were apparently hit during the chase). The boy was arrested and put in handcuffs.

Libby Smith, the woman whose tree he crashed into, sounded as shocked as anyone when she found out who the bus’s driver was.

“I’m thinking, ‘What in the world is going on?’ And my first thought is that it was a lot of kids on the bus,” she explained to WAFB. “Thank goodness he was okay he was safe, but it was not your typical Sunday afternoon occurrence for sure!”

According to reports, the police charged the boy with “theft of a vehicle, aggravated flight, damage to property and aggravated assault.” We have a feeling he won’t be stealing any more busses any time soon.

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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