Former child star Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother.
Grantham, who is known for his roles on “Diary of a Wimp” and “Riverdale,” pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of his mother, Barbara Waite, two years ago.
According to the CBCThe 24-year-old was sentenced Wednesday, Sept. 21, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 14 years in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver.
On March 31, 2020, Grantham shot his mother in the back of the head while she was playing the piano in their townhouse in Squamish, north of Vancouver.
The court also heard that the British Columbia actor planned to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after killing his mother.
The day after the murder, he wrapped his mother’s body in a sheet, placed lighted candles around it and hung a rosary on the piano before driving off in a car loaded with weapons, ammunition and Molotov cocktails with the intention of killing the prime minister.
According to prosecutors, Grantham allegedly wrote about his plans to kill Mr. Trudeau in a diary, as well as in a police statement.
Grantham gives himself up
He drove about 200 kilometers east to the city of Hope before making a U-turn, thinking of launching a massive attack on the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver or at Simon Fraser University, which he had previously attended.
Instead, he went to a Vancouver police station and confessed to killing his mother.
Grantham began acting professionally at the age of nine, and in a 2019 episode of The CW’s Riverdale, he played the supporting role of Jeffrey Augustine.
He also appeared in the 2010 film Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the TV show Supernatural.
Grantham struggles with depression, anxiety
His defense argued during the trial that he struggled with depression, anxiety and self-hatred and expressed a desire to harm himself or others in the months before his mother was killed.
The court was told he staged the murder by sneaking up on his mother from behind with a gun, and a video of one of his demonstrations was played as evidence.
In one film taken shortly after the murder, he captured his mother’s body, declaring: “I shot her in the back of the head.”
After the murder, Grantham smoked marijuana, drank beer and tried to make Molotov cocktails.
Grantham had a cannabis-related disorder after years of heavy use, but was able to maintain the illusion that he was acting properly, according to two psychiatric reports obtained after the murder.
Grantham reportedly admitted to experts that he wanted to kill his mother to prevent her from witnessing the violence he planned to commit.
https://www.farminglife.com/read-this/former-diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-actor-ryan-grantham-gets-life-sentence-for-murdering-his-mother-3853651 Former Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother