Actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in jail after pleading responsible to second-degree homicide of his mom Barbara Waite in 2020.
The 24-year-old actor, who was sentenced in Vancouver this week, is not going to be eligible for parole for 14 years, per the CBC. Within the Canadian court docket system, second-degree homicide carries an automated life sentence.
The court docket realized in a June listening to that Grantham shot his 64-year-old mom behind the top whereas she performed piano on March 31, 2020. In a video taken by the “Riverdale” actor, he confessed to the homicide and confirmed his mom’s physique.
The day after the killing, he loaded his automotive with three weapons, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails and tenting provides with the intent of killing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He as an alternative determined to show himself in to the Vancouver police.
Presiding Justice Kathleen Ker referred to as it a “saving grace” that Grantham determined to not perform his killing spree.
Psychiatric studies offered to the court docket additionally confirmed that the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” actor expressed needs of killing himself, together with emotions of self-hatred and guilt following the homicide.
In line with the CBC, the court docket discovered that Grantham battled melancholy within the months main as much as the homicide and that he killed his mom to spare her from seeing the violence that he deliberate.
“I cannot explain or justify my actions. I have no excuse,” Grantham stated on the ultimate day of his sentencing listening to in June. “It hurts me to think about how badly I’ve wasted my life. … In the face of something so horrible, saying sorry seems so pointless. But from every fiber of my being, I am sorry.”
Per Complicated, Grantham’s sister, Lisa Grantham, discovered her mom’s physique on April 1, 2020, and testified that her brother is a “dangerous person” and that she feared his launch from jail.
The actor’s sister claimed her life and profession had been ruined by the homicide and that her mom, who on the time of her demise had most cancers, was her finest good friend.
“It breaks my heart she struggled so hard … only to be murdered by her own son,” she advised the court docket. “She was vulnerable and Ryan gave her no chance to defend herself. It pains me to know he was a danger to her life.”
Grantham’s lawyer, Chris Johnson, advised CTV Information that his consumer was not stunned by the sentencing.
“I think he anticipated what the judge gave him as a sentence,” Johnson stated. “I think he’s pretty apprehensive about the whole thing. He’s a fairly tiny person, and to go to the prison system, I’m sure it’s a daunting and scary thought for him.”
Justice Ker additionally commented on Grantham’s “diminutive” dimension and really helpful he doesn’t get despatched to a most safety jail.