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Ryan Grantham, Riverdale Star, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murdering His Mother

Ryan Grantham, Riverdale Star, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murdering His Mother

Ryan Grantham, Riverdale Star, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murdering His Mother

Ryan Grantham, Riverdale Star, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murdering His Mother

Ryan Grantham, a former “Riverdale” actor, was found guilty of killing his mother and conspiring to assassinate Justin Trudeau. He was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for the first 14 years.

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The actor, 24, received the sentence more than six months after entering a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his mother, 64-year-old Barbara Waite, whom he shot in the back of the head as she practiced the piano in March 2020.

Justice Kathleen Ker of the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver who passed the judgment, described the case as tragic, heartbreaking, and “life-shattering”.

Riverdale star, Ryan Grantham sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother

Ryan Grantham, Riverdale Star, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murdering His Mother

Prosecutors had recommended in a sentencing hearing earlier this year that Grantham receive a parole ineligibility of up to 18 years. The former actor’s legal team had suggested 12 years as a fair consequence.

With around 30 credits on his resume, Grantham noticeably played Jeffrey Augustine on the fourth season of the soapy Riverdale in 2019. While appearing briefly, the character had a pivotal role in the Archie comics-based show.

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Starting his career back in 2007, Grantham also appeared in the 2010 movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as well as stints on Supernatural, ‘iZombie’ and in ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’.

It was revealed in court that after the murder of his mother, Grantham took video of the body and confessed to the killing on camera.

Riverdale star, Ryan Grantham sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother

Ryan Grantham, Riverdale Star, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murdering His Mother

A day later, after carefully arranging the body in a semi-religious scene, Grantham hit the road. With ever-changing intent, he at one point was going to try to kill Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, as he also wrote in a journal entered as evidence.

Grantham also considered committing a mass shooting at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University or on the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.

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Thankfully, none of that came to pass and Grantham instead went to East Vancouver police station and surrendered. “I killed my mother,” he is reported to have bluntly declared to police at the front desk of the station.

During the sentencing, Ker called it a “saving grace” that Grantham had enough attachment to reality and comprehension not to commit an act of mass murder.

Ryan Grantham, Riverdale Star, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Murdering His Mother

She noted that in the months leading up to his mother’s killing, Grantham was in a downward spiral, which saw him smoking weed and watching violent videos on the dark web while being plagued by thoughts of suicide and homicidal ideations.

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Ker also said Grantham appeared truly remorseful. In June, he apologized for his actions, saying his mother did not deserve what he did to her.


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