Why did Ryan Grantham Kill His Mother? ‘Riverdale’ Actor sentenced to life in prison


Former child actor Ryan Grantham has been jailed for life after admitting to shooting his mother.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Ryan Grantham gets life in prison for killing his mother

In March 2020, Ryan Grantham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing his mother, Barbara Waite.

But the verdict was announced Wednesday by the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Canada’s CBC reported that Grantham will not be eligible for parole for at least 14 years, which is included in his sentence.

Yet Judge Kathleen Ker argued that Grantham’s saving grace was that he did not go on a rampage despite knowing he had committed a crime.

Meanwhile, Grantham’s lawyer Chris Johnson mentioned that the 22-year-old star was not shocked by the verdict.

He mentioned: ‘I think he anticipated what the judge gave him as a punishment. I think she’s pretty scared about the whole thing. He’s quite a small person and I’m sure going into the prison system is a daunting and terrifying thought for him.’

Ryan Grantham had mental issues when he killed his mother

Ryan Grantham shot his mother in the head while she was playing the piano at their home in Squamish, British Columbia. The incident took place on 31 March 2020. Grantham was 21 years old at the time.

It has been reported that the Diary of a Wimpy Kid actor planned to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he killed his mother.

According to the CBC article, “he packed his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping supplies and a map with directions to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa. He started going east with the idea that he was going to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

But instead of driving toward Trudeau’s residence, Grantham headed for Vancouver police headquarters. He subsequently applied.

In addition, prosecutor Michaela Donnelly referred to several psychiatric reports. They revealed that Grantham had suffered from an ‘intense period of clinical depression’ before committing the crime.

Reports stated that he “experiences compulsions to commit violence and kill himself”.

Additionally, it was reported that Grantham chose to murder his mother “to spare her the violence he intended to commit”.

Meanwhile, Grantham’s sister Lisa Grantham mentioned in an interview with Complex magazine that their mother had been battling cancer.

She added: “She was vulnerable and Ryan didn’t give her a chance to fight back. It hurts me to know that he was a danger to her life.’


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