Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his mother in 2020. According to ETN, the by-book second-degree murder sentence without the possibility of parole was given for 14 years by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker on Sept. 21 in Vancouver.
With the sentence already a foregone conclusion about the laws of the Canadian province, the one and only wildcard was how long the guilty-pleasure Grantham would have to wait before the currently 24-year-old could apply for parole, ETN reported.
Grantham, who is a Leo Awards nominee, turned himself in to police shortly after shooting his 64-year-old mother Barbara Waite in the back of the head at the family’s Squamish home on March 31, 2020. In a hearing earlier this year, prosecutors advised that Grantham would be ineligible for parole until 18 years of age; however, his legal team suggested it would be 12 years.
It appears that Judge Ker, in her ruling this week, met them in the middle. It was later revealed in court that Grantham had captured video of the body and confessed to the murder on camera after his mother’s murder. After carefully arranging the body in a semi-religious scene a day later, Grantham set off.
With ever-changing intentions, he would at some point attempt to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as he also wrote in a diary entered as evidence. Grantham also considered mass shooting at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver or the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.
However, this did not happen when Grantham instead went to the East Vancouver police shop and surrendered. “I killed my mother”, he is said to have bluntly stated to the police at the station reception. Vancouver law enforcement officers confirmed to ETN that Grantham, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, has been in custody for the past two and a half years.
With about 30 credits on his resume, Grantham noticeably played Jeffrey Augustine on the fourth season of CW’s Riverdale in 2019. Although the character appeared briefly, it played a pivotal role in the Archie comic-based show.
Per ETN, which began his career in 2007, Grantham also appeared in the 2010 film Diary of a Wimpy Kid, as well as stints on Supernatural, iZombie, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. (With input from ANI)