Former “Riverdale” actor Ryan Grantham was previously sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 14 years after he confessed to killing his mother — and plotting to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. also for.
Grantham, 24, revealed his fate at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, more than six months after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the March 2020 murder of his mother, Barbara Waite, 64. , which he had shot. Behind the head as he played the piano.
Sentencing, Justice Kathleen Kerr described the case as tragic, heart-wrenching and “life-breaking”. CBC.ca reported.
Prosecutors said in a hearing in June that after he fatally shot his mother at the family home in Squamish, British Columbia on March 31, 2020, he recorded video with a GoPro camera in which he confessed to the murder and showed White’s lifeless body .
“I shot her in the back of the head. Moments later, she must have known it was me,” Grantham said in the recording.
According to his statement to the police, the actor then bought beer and weed, experimented with making Molotov cocktails and watched Netflix before covering his mother’s body with a sheet and going to bed.
The next day, Grantham said he hung a wreath on his mother’s piano and wrapped around her body before loading his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping gear, and instructions for Rideau Cottage. Arranged lighting candles where PM Trudeau lives in Ottawa. ,
Grantham later confessed to detectives about his plan to kill the prime minister, and he wrote about it in his journal.
He walked for a few hours toward Trudeau’s residence, before rummaging around with ideas of doing a mass shooting at the Lions Gate Bridge or at Simon Fraser University, where he was a student.
Instead, Grantham went to the Vancouver Police Department and told an officer, “I killed my mom.”
During sentencing, Justice Kerr called it a “saving grace” that Grantham had enough attachment to reality and understanding not to commit an act of mass murder.
She notes that in the months leading up to her mother’s murder, Grantham was in a downward spiral, which saw her smoking weed and watching violent videos on the dark web while haunted by thoughts of suicide and murder.
Kerr also said that Grantham appeared genuinely remorseful. In June, he apologized for his actions, saying that his mother didn’t deserve what he did to her.
Grantham is best known for playing Jeffrey Augustine on The CW show “Riverdale”. Her other acting credits include the TV show “Supernatural” and the films “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”.