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Former Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham receives life sentence after murdering his mother and plotting to kill Justin Trudeau

Ryan Grantham pleaded guilty to second degree murder in March (CBC)

An old Riverdale The actor who pleaded guilty to murdering his mother and allegedly plotting to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Ryan Grantham, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first 14 years at British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, the Radio Canada reported.

Grantham, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in March, admitted to shooting his mother in the back of the head while she was playing the piano at their townhouse in Squamish, north Vancouver , March 31, 2020.

A day after the murder, the former child star packed a car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping supplies and a Google map with directions to Mr. Trudeau, prosecutors said. He also reportedly wrote in a diary about his intentions to kill Mr. Trudeau and in a statement to police.

He drove about 200 kilometers east to the town of Hope before turning around and contemplating an act of mass violence at Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge or Simon Fraser University, where he had been a student. Instead, he went to a Vancouver police station where he told an officer, “I killed my mother.

A B.C. sentencing hearing for former Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham heard his mother Barbara Waite was a 'great mother' (Canadian Femicide Observatory)

A B.C. sentencing hearing for former Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham heard his mother Barbara Waite was a ‘great mother’ (Canadian Femicide Observatory)

Grantham started acting professionally at the age of nine and played the supporting role of Jeffrey Augustine in an episode of the CW show Riverdale in 2019. He also appeared in the TV show Supernatural and the 2010 movie Dairy products from a Wimpy Kid.

During the trial, his defense argued that he struggled with anxiety, self-loathing and clinical depression, and expressed a desire to kill himself or commit acts of violence against others within months. that preceded the murder of his mother.

He gave a guided tour of the murder by secretly approaching his mother from behind with a gun, the court was told, and footage captured on a Go-Pro camera of one of his visits guided tours were presented as evidence.

In one of the videos taken after the murder, he filmed his mother’s body saying, “I shot her in the back of the neck. In the moments that followed, she would have known it was me. Grantham then spent the hours after the murder smoking marijuana, drinking beer and trying to make molotov cocktails.

Prosecutors said Grantham was also plotting to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prosecutors said Grantham was also plotting to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The next day, he placed candles around his mother’s body before leaving in his car. Her sister discovered their mother’s body that evening after repeated calls and unanswered messages.

Two psychiatric reports commissioned after the murder revealed that Grantham had cannabis use disorder after years of heavy use, but was able to maintain an outward appearance that he was functioning normally. According to reports, Grantham told experts he wanted to kill his mother to save her from witnessing the violence he planned to commit.

Grantham was an experienced firearms user who had been a member of a gun club. He had purchased the .22 caliber rifle in the months before the homicide when he was aware of the murderous feelings he was experiencing, prosecutors said.