LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Skylar Deleon, a Power Ranger extra, received a death sentence in 2008. A new report claims Skylar Deleon’s sentence was upheld this week. Deleon had admitted guilt throughout his 2008 trial in the hope of being spared a death penalty sentence. But in November 2008, Deleon received exactly that.
Skylar Deleon appeared in the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series. After a series of news reports incorrectly listed him as a Power Ranger cast member in 2008, LALATE first detailed that Deleon was merely an extra on the popular series. In fact, Deleon had no lines of dialogue.
In Santa Ana courtroom in 2008, Deleon was charged with murder and murder for financial gain in the deaths of Tom and Jackie Hawks. The couple had sought to sell their $440,000 yacht in Newport Harbor in 2004. Their desire was to get the money and retire for the rest of their life in Arizona with their grandson.
Deleon, instead, saw the sale listing and plotted to steal the boat, rob the couple of money, and kill its owners. Deleon was accused of taking the boat on a test drive with the Hawks, having the Hawks sign over ownership of the boat under duress, taking $50,000 cash, killing his victims, and tossing their bodies overboard near Mexico.
After being charged, Deleon confessed to the murders of Tom Hawks, 57, and his wife Jackie, 47, and of John Jarvi. Deleon admitted to the crimes, but argued sentencing based upon an alleged life of abuse.
“He’s had a horrible, horrible life,” said his attorney at the time. He claimed that Deleon’s father abused him and died of AIDS. The court was not convinced. In October 2008, the court convicted Deleon of three murders. One month later he was sentenced to the death.