Actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the second-degree murder of his mother Barbara Waite in 2020.
The 24-year-old actor, who was sentenced in Vancouver this week, will not be eligible for parole for another 14 years. by CBC. In the Canadian judicial system, second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence.
The court learned in a june hearing that Grantham shot his 64-year-old mother in the back of the head while she was playing the piano on March 31, 2020. In a video taken by the “Riverdale” actor, he confessed to the murder and showed his mother’s body.
The day after the assassination, he loaded his car with three pistols, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, and camping supplies with the intention of killing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Instead, he decided to turn himself in to the Vancouver police.
Chief Justice Kathleen Ker called it a “saving grace” that Grantham decided not to go through with his killing spree.
psychiatric reports presented to the court also showed that the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” actor expressed suicidal thoughts, along with feelings of self-loathing and guilt after the murder.
According to the CBCthe court found that Grantham battled depression in the months before the murder and that he killed his mother to prevent her from seeing the violence he planned.
“I cannot explain or justify my actions. I have no excuse,” Grantham said at the last day of your sentencing hearing in June. “It hurts me to think how badly I have wasted my life. … In the face of something so horrible, asking for forgiveness seems so pointless. But from every fiber of my being, I feel it.”
By ComplexGrantham’s sister, Lisa Grantham, found her mother’s body on April 1, 2020, finding that her brother is a “dangerous person” and that she feared his release from prison.
The actor’s sister claimed that her life and career had been ruined by the murder and that her mother, who had cancer at the time of her death, was her best friend.
“It breaks my heart that she fought so hard… only to be killed by her own son,” she told the court. “She was vulnerable and Ryan didn’t give her a chance to defend herself. It hurts me to know that he was a danger to her life.”
Grantham’s attorney, Chris Johnson, told CTV News that his client was not surprised by the sentence.
“I think he anticipated what the judge gave him as a sentence,” Johnson said. “I think he’s pretty worried about the whole thing. He’s a pretty small person, and going into the prison system, I’m sure is a daunting and scary thought for him.”
Judge Ker also commented on Grantham’s “tiny” size and recommended that he not be sent to a maximum security prison.