‘Riverdale’ actor who murdered his mother is sentenced to life in prison

CANADA.- The former actor of “Riverdale“, Ryan Granthamwas sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first 14 years, after he admitted to murdering his mother and also plotting to assassinate the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Grantham, 24, learned of his fate at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, more than six months after he pleaded guilty to a murder charge in the second degree for the March 2020 murder of his mother, Barbara Waite64, who was shot in the back of the head while playing the piano.

In pronouncing the sentence, the judge Kathleen Ker described the case as tragic and heartbreakingreported CBC.ca.

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He confessed to the murder on video

Prosecutors said at a hearing in June that after fatally shot his mother on March 31, 2020 at the family home in Squamish, British Columbia, he recorded a video with a GoPro camera, in which confessed to the murder and showed the body Waite’s lifeless.

I shot him in the neck. Moments later, she would have known she was me,” Grantham said on the recording.

Then the actor bought beer and weedexperimented with Molotov cocktails and saw Netflixbefore covering her mother’s body with a sheet and going to bed, according to her statement to police.

Plan to kill the prime minister

The next day, Grantham said, he hung a rosary on his mother’s piano and placed lighted candles around her body, before loading his car with three pistols, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping gear and directions to Rideau Cottage. , where Trudeau lives in Ottawa.

Grantham later confessed to detectives about his plan to kill the prime ministerand also wrote about it in his diary.

He drove for a few hours to Trudeau’s residence, before turning around with the idea of ​​committing a crime. mass shooting on the Lions Gate Bridge, or at Simon Fraser University, where I was studying.

Instead, Grantham drove to the Vancouver Police Department and it was deliveredtelling an officer: “I killed my mother”.


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

She noted that in the months leading up to her mother’s murder, Grantham was in a downward spiral, which saw him smoking weed and watching violent videos on the deep web while plagued by suicidal thoughts and homicidal ideas.

Ker also said that Grantham seemed genuinely regretful. In June, he apologized for his actions and said that her mother did not deserve what she did to her.

Grantham is best known for playing Jeffrey Augustin in the program CW Riverdale. His other acting credits include the television show “Supernatural“and the movies”Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Y “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus“.

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