Former Power Ranger’s Actor Skylar Deleon Sentenced to Death in Yacht Murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks


From Power Rangers to Death Penalty … Skylar Deleon

29 year old former Power Ranger’s child actor Skylar Deleon was sentenced to death for the 2004 yacht murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. Deleon was not one of the Power Rangers, but appeared on the show. Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel handed down the death sentence.  The Arizona couple, Tom and Jackie Hawks, were murdered by Skylar Deleon as he tied them to the anchor of their yacht and threw them overboard. The Hawks’ bodies were never found.

Prosecutors say the Long Beach man and a teen actor in a “Power Rangers” TV series feigned interest in buying the couple’s yacht and killed them during a test cruise in 2004.

Deleon overpowered them on a test cruise, tied them to an anchor and tossed them into the Pacific Ocean as they begged for their lives, according to the prosecution.

After the yacht killings, the prosecution said, Deleon and his then-wife Jennifer Henderson scrubbed the boat clean with bleach wipes in Newport Harbor.


Tom and Jackie Hawks aboard their boat “Well Deserved”

Details of the horrific accounts can be read here in A “Well Deserved” Guilty Verdict” by crime reporter Tina Dirmann.

I remember, when doing press for the book, I often told interviewers that in all my 15 years as a crime reporter, I’d never covered anyone so bereft of humanity as 27-year-old Skylar Deleon. This is a man who, minutes after slitting the throat of one victim, boasted to a relative, “You’re dealing with the devil now.”

The Orange County jury also recommended the death penalty for John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a 43-year-old Long Beach gang member convicted of helping Deleon kill the Hawks. Deleon’s ex-wife, Jennifer Deleon, was found guilty by a jury in 2006.

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Skylar Deleon and his wife Jennifer Deleon

A jury has also recommended death for John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a 43-year-old Long Beach gang member convicted of helping Deleon throw the Hawkses off their 55-foot yacht, named the “Well-Deserved.”

Deleon’s ex-wife, Jennifer Henderson Deleon, was found guilty by a jury in 2006 of murder and sentenced to life in prison in connection with the yacht murders.

Another man on board the boat when the couple was killed, Alonso Machain, cooperated with the government and awaits trial.

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  • Comments

    14 Responses to “Former Power Ranger’s Actor Skylar Deleon Sentenced to Death in Yacht Murder of Tom and Jackie Hawks”

    1. Scared Monkeys on April 11th, 2009 7:55 am

      Just bizzare … who needs pirates when you have people like this,


    2. BUN on April 11th, 2009 8:35 am

      The death penalty should be carried out by placing him on an anchor securely and letting him think about being thrown over for a while and then slowly placing him in the water..

    3. Power Ranger = Murderer? - Offtopicz on April 12th, 2009 12:06 am

      [...] Ranger = Murderer? Former Power Ranger’s Actor Skylar Deleon Sentenced to Death in Yacht Murder of Tom and Jackie… What the heck? Apparently it’s old news and he wasn’t technically a ranger, but I never heard [...]

    4. Miranda on April 13th, 2009 10:15 pm

      this shit is crazy…….where the hell do they do they at…..who does this type of shit…..people are crazy…..thats all i have to say

    5. christina on April 29th, 2009 9:23 pm

      I hope god comes to them in their hearts while in jail. Power Ranger’s safe the world. not kill.

    6. Doc on June 20th, 2009 1:20 am

      What most people don’t understand is Sociopaths, are born broken. That part of the rest of us that makes us queasy and/or look away when we see a dog or cat run in front of a car…..has no effect on them. As little kids htey set fires or torture animals. They are so slick, charming and beguiling beyond words.

      This guy, Skylar is so typical. He’s only sad, or bothered by the fact he was caught. He cannot feel guilt. He cannot feel remorse.
      Efforts to treat these folks are an utter and complete waste.

      I’m an M.D. And as an M.D., i’m ethically and by my oath barred from delivering lethal punishment. I would make an exception in this guys case. Only instead of lethal injection I’d much rather put him on the back of the “Well Deserved” and toss the anchor off. Only it’d be a 300 yard chain so he could watch it and for a few moments he’d know in his heart for once…….exactly what he did to another human being.

      The wife. i feel sorry for her. Remember master liar, its possible she knew very little about just how evil her husband was. From the dateline show, they seemed to suggest she was not on the boat when the murders took place. The ‘cpa’ muscle guy, and the guy who went to the police. It was those 3 on the boat.

      Sad story.

    7. fern on March 10th, 2010 7:08 pm

      These people could do such a thing with out remorse. To bad they can not be tied up to an anchor and suffer the same faith.

    8. Lisa Batista on May 9th, 2010 6:08 pm

      these two animals don’t deserve to breath air, both of them should of gotten the death penalty.
      and we shouldn’t have to wait to see them die!!!!

    9. Lisa on May 9th, 2010 6:12 pm

      I’m sick of hearing he/she had a bad childhood a person can indure the worst abuse ever thought and still be a normal fuctioning human being and not hurt or kill anyone. I’m an example

    10. Sofia Zeno on January 14th, 2011 12:14 am

      Lisa, on May the 9th, not everybody has the same reaction over things. I feel sad for Skylar, he could have a nice future and life with his wife, and just didn’t want to.

    11. Shelly on August 16th, 2011 4:53 pm

      Death is too good for these wretches. They should be keel-hauled over and over and over, then given a dose of their own medicine via the anchor. Why in the world they are still sitting in prison is beyond me. Skylar has admitted to all of their foul deeds in televised interviews. Let ‘er rip, I say.

    12. mark on April 24th, 2013 12:42 am

      mighty morphin?

    13. Sam on October 13th, 2015 2:52 am

      I only found out about this from watching Robot Chicken on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

    14. Pat on May 8th, 2017 6:11 am

      Being to trusting of others can get you kill.
      Here is the prime example.
      Always follow your gut feeling.
      When something seems to good to be true…It is.
      MR Hawk put his foot down and said no to this deal they would still be alive to this day.

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