Former Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 14 years after he pleaded guilty to murdering his mother and conspiring to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Grantham, 24, learned his fate in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Thursday, more than six months after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his mother, Barbara Waite, 64. March 2020. the back of her head as she played the piano.
Sentencing, Judge Kathleen Kerr described the case as tragic, heartbreaking and “life shattering”. CBC.
At a hearing in June, prosecutors said that after he fatally shot his mother on March 31, 2020, at the family’s home in Squamish, British Columbia, he recorded a GoPro video in which he confessed to the killing and showed Waite’s lifeless body . .
“I shot her in the back of the head. She would have known it was me moments later,” Grantham said in the recording.
The actor then bought beer and pot, experimented with making Molotov cocktails and watched Netflix before covering his mother’s body with a sheet and going to bed, according to his statement to police.
The next day, Grantham said, he hung a rosary on his mother’s piano and placed lit candles around her body before loading his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 bottles of incendiary mix, hiking gear and directions to Rideau Cottage, where he lives Trudeau in Ottawa. .
Grantham later confessed to detectives about his plan to assassinate the Prime Minister, and also wrote about it in his diary.
He drove several hours toward Trudeau’s residence before turning around with thoughts of carrying out a mass shooting on the Lion’s Gate Bridge or at Simon Fraser University, where he studied.
Instead, Grantham drove to the Vancouver Police Department and turned himself in, telling an officer, “I killed my mother.”
During his sentencing, Kerr called it a “saving grace” that Grantham had enough sense of reality and understanding to not commit the act of mass murder.
She noted that in the months before his mother’s murder, Grantham had been on a downward spiral that left him smoking weed and watching violent videos on the dark web while suffering from suicidal thoughts and homicidal ideation.
Kerr also said that Grantham was truly remorseful. In June, he apologized for his actions, saying his mother did not deserve what he did to her.
Grantham is best known for playing Jeffrey Augustine on the CW show Riverdale. His other acting credits include TV shows Supernatural and movies Diary of a wimp and The imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.
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