New Delhi: Former ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ actor Ryan Grantham has been jailed for 14 years without parole for killing his mother.
British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Kerr handed down the by-the-book second-degree murder sentence in Vancouver on September 21, Deadline reports.
The real wild card is how long Grant, now 24, will have to wait to plead guilty before applying for parole, with the sentence already waived under the Canadian province’s laws.
LEO Award nominee Grantham turned himself in to police shortly after shooting his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, in the back of the head on March 31, 2020, at the family’s Squamish home, north of Vancouver.
A second-degree murder charge in BC carries a sentence of 10 to 25 years without parole eligibility.
In that context, at a sentencing hearing earlier this year, prosecutors recommended up to 18 years of parole ineligibility. The former actor’s legal team recommended 12 years as a fair result. Clearly, Judge Carr met them in the middle in his ruling this week.
Grantham, originally charged with first-degree murder, has been in custody for the past two and a half years, law enforcement officials in Vancouver confirmed to Deadline.
Sources say Grantham has been participating in a mental health program since his arrest and is still ready to be moved to a permanent facility.
With around 30 credits on his resume, in 2019 he played Jeffrey Augustine in the fourth season of the soap ‘Riverdale’.
While appearing briefly, the character played a pivotal role in the Archie Comics-based show. Jeffrey Augustine killed off the late Luke Perry and portrayed Fred Andrews in a hit and run on the series that changed almost everything about the show.
Grantham, who started his career in 2007, appeared in the 2010 film ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’, Supernatural, ‘IZombie’ and ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’.
It was later revealed in court that after his mother was murdered, Grantham videotaped the body and confessed to the murder on camera.
A day later, after carefully arranging the body in a quasi-religious display, Grantham hit the road. With ever-changing intentions, he was at one point going to try to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he wrote in a sourced magazine.
Grantham also considered mass shootings at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University or the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.
Fortunately, none of that came to pass and instead Grantham went to the East Vancouver police station and surrendered.
“I killed my mother,” he allegedly declared to police at the station’s front desk.
In March this year, the multi-credit actor regretted what he had done. “In the face of something so horrific, an apology seems so pointless,” Grantham read from a paper to the Vancouver court and Judge Kerr.
“But from every fiber of my being, I regret it.”
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