Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother

Ryan Grantham, the Canadian actor whose credits include “Riverdale,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and “Supernatural,” was sentenced to life in prison with no qualifying for 14-year parole for the second-degree murder of his mother, CBC reports.

In March 2020, the actor shot his mother, Barbara Waite, in the back of the head with a .22 rifle while she was playing the piano at their Squamish home. As shown in court, Grantham then recorded a GoPro video shortly after the murder in which he confessed to his mother’s murder and showed her body. The next day, he covered the body with a sheet, surrounded it with lit candles, and hung a rosary on the piano before driving east to Ottawa in a car laden with guns, ammunition, and Molotov cocktails. His intention was to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Instead, he drove to Hope, BC with thoughts of committing a mass shooting at Simon Fraser University – where he was enrolled – or on the Lions Gate Bridge. Ultimately, he decided to turn himself in at the Vancouver Police Department building in East Vancouver.

Grantham’s sister gave victim impact testimony during the trial, with British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker calling the case “tragic” and “heartbreaking.” The judge said it was a “saving grace” that Grantham chose to turn himself in and not commit mass murder.

Since second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence in Canada, how long would Grantham have to wait before applying for parole?

Grantham began acting at age 9, with credits including iZombie, Unspeakable, Way of the Wicked, Giant and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/riverdale-actor-ryan-grantham-setencing-murdered-mother-1235381642/ Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother

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