Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his mother.
Grantham, who is now 24, pleaded guilty to first degree murder in March 2020 for murdering his mother, Barbara Waite, who was 64.
The actor, who appeared in Netflix’s Riverdale series, and as a child actor in The life of a loserwas sentenced to life imprisonment in the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday.
He will not be eligible for parole for 14 years, when he is 38 years old, Canada’s CBC reports.
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Justice Kathleen Ker, who issued the sentence, reportedly called the case “tragic” and “heartbreaking,” and said victim statements, such as his sister’s, spoke of the “life-wrenching” consequences of the crime.
Grantham was 21 when he committed the murder. At a 2020 trial, British Columbia prosecutors said Grantham killed his mother to “save” her from attempting to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
At the time, it was reported that the court heard that Grantham was considering killing others, and printed a map of Trudeau’s Ottawa residence, Rideau Cottage, and allegedly planned to assassinate the Prime Minister.
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In her sentencing this week, Judge Ker said the actor’s “saving grace” was that he appeared to be aware of the consequences of what he was doing, and did not act on his plan to kill someone else.
It was also revealed, according to CBCthat Grantham had been in trouble weeks before the murder and had viewed violent images on the dark web.
The actor is now receiving psychiatric treatment in prison and appears to be showing improvement.
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