Ryan Grantham, a young Canadian actor who appeared on the TV show ‘Riverdale’, after admitting to killing his mother as part of a wider plot he said he also planned to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. was sentenced to life imprisonment. Mass shooting in British Columbia.
Grantham, 23, was declared eligible for parole after 14 years during sentencing proceedings in British Columbia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, according to Grantham’s prosecutors and attorneys.
Grantham had pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. A major issue with the sentencing was when he would be eligible for parole. Prosecutors said he would request a waiting period of 17 to his 18 years before Grantham could apply for parole, Grantham’s attorneys would request his 12-year period, and a judge on Wednesday said the number in between. selected.
The court also imposed a lifetime firearm ban on Grantham, prosecutors said.
Grantham is 30+ acting credits, since he was a child. He appeared in the 2010 film ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ where he played Rodney James and several other films such as ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’. Most recently, he played the character Jeffery in his 2019 episode of “Riverdale,” a dark reimagining of his Archie Comics franchise on The CW.
His attorney, Chris Johnson, said Grantham suffered from a number of documented mental health issues, including clinical depression, and that since his time in prison, he’s “trying to rehabilitate himself.” I have devoted myself to,” he said.
The crime occurred on March 31, 2020, when Grantham, then 21, was killed by his mother, Barbara Waite, who was playing the piano at her home in Squamish, British Columbia, about 37 miles south of Whistler. was shot in the back of the head. Johnson said. Grantham recorded a video shortly after, in which he confessed to the murder and drove off, Johnson said. , said that at some point he probably decided to start the shooting at Simon Fraser University, where he was a student.
He did not carry out either plan and instead turned himself in to police on April 1, 2020, Johnson said.
Grantham rationally thought it necessary to kill his mother so that she would not have to deal with the consequences of the crime he planned to commit, Johnson said.
Susan Beachy contributed research.