Why did Ryan Grantham kill his mother? ‘Riverdale’ actor sentenced to life in prison
Former child actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his mother.
Here is everything you need to know.
Ryan Grantham gets life in prison for killing his mother
In March 2020, Ryan Grantham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing his mother, Barbara Waite.
However, the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver announced the verdict on Wednesday.
The CBC in Canada reported that Grantham will not be eligible for parole for at least 14 years, which is included in his sentence.
However, Judge Kathleen Ker stated that Grantham’s saving grace was that he did not go on a spree despite knowing he had committed a crime.
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Meanwhile, Grantham’s attorney, Chris Johnson, mentioned that the 22-year-old star didn’t seem surprised by the verdict.
He mentioned: ‘I think he anticipated what the judge gave him as a sentence. I think he’s pretty worried about the whole thing. He’s a pretty small person, and to go into the prison system, I’m sure is a daunting and scary thought for him.
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Ryan Grantham had mental problems when he killed his mother
Ryan Grantham shot his mother in the head while she was playing the piano at their home in Squamish, British Columbia. The incident took place on March 31, 2020. Grantham was 21 years old at the time.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid actor is reported to have planned to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he killed his mother.
According to a CBC article, “he packed his car with three pistols, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping supplies and a map with directions to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa. He started driving east with the idea of killing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
But instead of driving to Trudeau’s residence, Grantham drove to Vancouver police headquarters. Later, he turned himself in.
Additionally, Crown Prosecutor Michaela Donnelly referred to a couple of psychiatric reports. They revealed that Grantham suffered from an “intense period of clinical depression” before committing the crime.
Reports mentioned that he was ‘experiencing urges to commit violence and commit suicide’.
Furthermore, Grantham was reported to have decided to murder his mother “to prevent her from seeing the violence he intended to commit”.
Meanwhile, Grantham’s sister, Lisa Grantham, mentioned that her mother was battling cancer while speaking to Complex magazine.
She added: “She was vulnerable and Ryan didn’t give her a chance to defend herself.” It hurts me to know that he was a danger to her life.