Former Riverdale and Diary of a Wimpy Child actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life behind bars with out the potential of parole for 14 years for the 2020 killing of his mom.
The by-the-book second-degree homicide punishment was handed down by British Columbia Supreme Court docket Justice Kathleen Ker on September 21 in Vancouver. With the sentence already a forgone conclusion over the legal guidelines of the Canadian province, the one actual wild card was how lengthy the responsible pleading Grantham must wait earlier than the presently 24-year-old may apply for parole.
The Leo Awards nominated Grantham turned himself into police quickly after capturing his 64-year-old mom Barbara Waite at the back of the pinnacle on March 31, 2020, within the household’s Squamish dwelling, simply north of Vancouver.
A second-degree homicide cost in B.C. comes with no parole eligibility of between 10 and 25 years. In that context, prosecutors had really useful in a sentencing listening to earlier this 12 months that Grantham obtain a parole ineligibility as much as 18 years. The previous actor’s authorized crew had prompt 12 years as a good consequence. Clearly Justice Ker met them within the center in her ruling this week.
Initially charged with first-degree homicide, Grantham has been in custody for the previous two and a half years, regulation enforcement officers in Vancouver confirmed to Deadline right now. Collaborating in a psychological well being program since his arrest, Grantham is within the means of being readied for switch to a extra everlasting facility, sources say.
With round 30 credit on his resume, Grantham noticeably performed Jeffrey Augustine on the fourth season of the CW soapy Riverdale in 2019. Whereas showing briefly, the character had a pivotal function within the Archie comics-based present. It was Jeffrey Augustine who killed the late Luke Perry portrayed Fred Andrews on the sequence in a success and run that modified nearly the whole lot on the present. Beginning his profession again in 2007, Grantham additionally appeared within the 2010 film Diary of a Wimpy Child, in addition to stints on Supernatural, iZombie and in The Imaginarium of Physician Parnassus.
It later was revealed in courtroom that after the homicide of his mom, Grantham took video of the physique and confessed to the killing on-camera. A day later, after rigorously arranging the physique in a semi-religious scene, Grantham hit the highway. With ever altering intent, he at one level was going to attempt to kill Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, as he additionally wrote in a journal entered as proof. Grantham additionally thought-about committing a mass capturing at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser College or on the long-lasting Lions Gate Bridge.
Fortunately, none of that got here to cross and Grantham as a substitute went to East Vancouver cop store and surrendered. “I killed my mom,” he’s reportedly to have bluntly declared to police on the entrance desk of the station.
Again in March of this 12 months, the a number of credit score actor expressed sorrow at what he had completed. “Within the face of one thing so horrible, saying sorry appears so pointless,” Grantham instructed the Vancouver courtroom and Justice Ker, studying from a sheet of paper. “However from each fiber of my being, I’m sorry.”