Ryan Grantham is a small time Canadian actor who has appeared in such shows as Riverdale and the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and now is a convicted murderer. According to court documents Ryan Grantham in a rage would shoot his mother in the back of the head and then planned to assassinate the Prime Minister of Canada. Initially Ryan Grantham was charged with first degree murder which in Canada comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for twenty five years however in the end he would plead guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison however his parole eligibility is after fourteen years.
Normally those convicted of murder in Canada have to spend two years in a maximum security prison before they can be transferred to a lower custody however Ryan Grantham attorneys are concerned as the actor is five foot two and a 120 pounds. Canadian prisons are not as violent as they are in the US however they are definitely not Disneyland. Chances are Ryan Grantham will spend his prison time in protective custody
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Canadian actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his mother, Barbara Waite, in 2020.
The 24-year-old, who played Jeffery Augustine in teen drama Riverdale, was sentenced at British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, after having initially been charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said he had also plotted to kill Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Grantham admitted to shooting his mother in the back of the head as she played piano in their home, north of Vancouver, the court heard.
In a video taken on his Go-Pro camera after the killing, the actor filmed his mother’s body while saying: “I shot her in the back of the head. In the moments after, she would have known it was me.”
After drinking beer and smoking marijuana for hours following the murder, he packed a car with three guns, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails he had made, as well as camping supplies and directions to Mr Trudeau’s Rideau Cottage residence.
He drove roughly 200 kilometres east to the town of Hope, before turning around and driving to a Vancouver police station, where he told an officer: “I killed my mother.”
The court also heard Grantham had considered committing an act of mass violence at Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge or at Simon Fraser University, where he had been a student, en route before turning his car around and handing himself in.
Former child actor Grantham appeared in one episode of the CW network show Riverdale in 2019, and also featured in the fantasy drama Supernatural, as well the 2010 film Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Grantham has been in custody for the past two and a half years, law enforcement officials in Vancouver told Deadline, and has been participating in a mental health program since his arrest.
During the trial, his lawyers argued he had been struggling with anxiety and clinical depression and had expressed a desire to kill himself and harm others in the months leading up to him killing his mother.
He will not be eligible for parole for the first 14 years of his life sentence.