Former Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 14 years for the 2020 murder of his mother. Grantham, who is also known for his role in diary of a wimpy kidHe pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March 2020 for killing his mother, Barbara Waite.
While pleading guilty to the murder, he said he killed Waite in an effort to keep him from finding out about his plot to assassinate Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister. The 24-year-old actor was sentenced to life in prison at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday.
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According to Canada’s CBC report, Grantham will be ineligible for parole for 14 years. Grantham’s sentence was not a surprise, but what everyone expected was how long he would not be able to appeal parole.
In March 2020, Grantham was arrested after he fatally shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, while she was playing the piano at the family home in Squamish, north of Vancouver. He then decided to turn himself in to authorities after driving to Trudeau’s home with three firearms, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car.
Under Canadian law, a second-degree murder charge automatically imposes a life sentence. Therefore, the only point on which his lawyers could disagree was the length of time he would have to serve before he would be eligible for parole.
In June, his lawyers argued that because Grantham had admitted his guilt and shown remorse, he should be eligible for parole after serving 12 years. The federal government responded that she should serve between 17 and 18 years.
However, according to CBCBritish Columbia Supreme Court Judge Kathleen Ker ruled on Wednesday that the actor should only serve 14 years due to his downward spiral in the months leading up to the murder.
She noted that Grantham was sincere in his apology and was undergoing mental health treatment at the prison, where staff members praised his behavior and development.
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While Waite was playing the piano on March 31, 2020, Grantham shot him in the back of the head. She later confessed to the murder and showed her mother’s body in a video presented by the prosecution in June.
“I shot him in the back of the head,” he said on the tape. “In the moments afterward, she would have known she was me.”
Grantham then experimented with building Molotov cocktails, bought booze and marijuana, watched Netflix, and then covered her mother’s body with a sheet before going to bed.
The next morning, according to Grantham, he loaded his car with three guns, ammunition, a dozen Molotov cocktails, camping gear and directions to Trudeau’s Rideau cabin in Ottawa before hanging a rosary on Waite’s piano and placing lighted candles around her body.
Grantham had planned to travel more than 50 hours to assassinate Trudeau before changing his mind and considering performing “an act of mass murder” at Simon Fraser University, where he had retired.
However, before he hurt anyone else, he reported himself to Vancouver police and admitted to second-degree murder in March.
Grantham has been in custody for the past two and a half years after initially being charged with first-degree murder, Vancouver law enforcement officials said. deadline today. Grantham has been participating in a mental health program since his incarceration and, according to insiders, he is currently being prepared for transfer to a more permanent facility.
Beginning his career in 2007, Grantham also made appearances in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Supernatural, iZombie, and the 2010 film Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Grantham, who has around 30 credits to his name, is best known for his 2019 role as Jeffrey Augustine on the CW soap Riverdale. Despite making only a brief appearance, the character was crucial to the sitcom based on the Archie comics.
Jeffrey Augustine was the one who killed the late Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews on the show in a hit-and-run that upended pretty much everything on the show.
Source : www.ibtimes.sg