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Riverdale star Ryan Grantham is jailed for LIFE for shooting his mom in the back of the head

A former Riverdale actor who admitted killing his mother in an effort to keep her from witnessing his plot to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been sentenced to life in prison.

Ryan Grantham, 24, will not be able to appeal for parole for 14 years after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge for fatally shooting his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, while she was playing piano in March 2020.

He then drove to Trudeau’s residence with three guns, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car, before deciding to surrender to authorities.

Under Canadian law, a charge of second degree murder automatically carries a life sentence – and the only thing his lawyers could dispute was how long he had to serve before he could be granted parole. .

They argued in June that Grantham should be eligible for parole after 12 years as he admitted guilt and expressed sadness for his actions, while the feds argued he should serve 17 to 18 years before becoming eligible.

But on Wednesday, CBC reports, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker ruled he would only have to serve 14 years, as she considered the actor’s downward spiral in the months leading up to the murder as a mitigating factor.

She noted that Grantham seemed genuinely remorseful in his apology and sought psychiatric help in prison, where he received positive reviews about his behavior and progress.

Ker also called it a “saving grace” that Grantham had enough of a grip on reality and understanding to decide not to commit mass murder or assassinate the Prime Minister.

Ryan Grantham, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 14 years

He had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing his mother, Barbara Waite, 64 (pictured), while she was playing the piano on March 31, 2020.

Prosecutors revealed in June that after Grantham shot Waite in the back of the head while she was paying piano on March 31, 2020, he recorded a video on a GoPro in which he confessed to the murder and showed his mother’s lifeless body.

“I shot him in the back of the neck,” he reportedly said on the tape. “In the moments that followed, she would have known it was me.”

The actor then bought beer and weed, experimented with making Molotov cocktails and watched Netflix before covering his mother’s body with a sheet and going to bed.

The next morning, Grantham told authorities, he hung a rosary on Waite’s piano and placed lit candles around his body, before loading his car with three guns, ammunition, a dozen Molotov cocktails, camping gear and directions to Trudeau’s Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.

He had planned to travel more than 50 hours to kill Trudeau, before changing his mind and considering committing “an act of mass violence”, at Simon Fraser University, from which he had dropped out.

He turned himself in to Vancouver police before he harmed anyone else and pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder.

Authorities say he shot and killed Waite in a bid to ‘save’ her from seeing her assassination plot against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Thursday

Prosecutors had called the killing a ‘breach of trust’, noting that Barbara (pictured right) loved and trusted her son

The Riverdale actor who killed his mother and attempted to murder Justin Trudeau

Ryan Grantham is a Canadian actor from Squamish, British Columbia.

He began his acting career at the age of 9, starting with minor roles before appearing in The Nutcracker.

One of his biggest roles as a kid was in an episode of Supernatural, where he gains super strength and starts attacking his bullies.

He then had roles in the films Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Grantham also had teenage roles on The CW’s IZombie, before landing the role of a lifetime as the character in Riverdale.

He admitted to killing his mother on March 31, 2020, with prosecutors saying he wanted to prevent her from witnessing his attempted assassination of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prosecutors later said Grantham shot and killed his mother ‘to save her’ from seeing his assassination plot against the Canadian prime minister unfold.

They presented two psychiatric evaluations concluding that Grantham had committed the crime to spare his mother from witnessing further acts of violence he planned to commit.

Assessments concluded that Grantham exhibited cannabis use disorder, depression, self-hatred, and suicidal and murderous tendencies months before the murder.

Prosecutors pointed to a diary entry from March in which Grantham wrote, “I’m so sorry Mom, I’m so sorry Lisa… I hate myself.

“There’s a lot of media about me out there…film and TV…hundreds of hours of me that can be viewed and dissected…No one will understand.”

‘M. Grantham was looking to save his mother from something he was going to do,’ prosecutor Michaela Donnelly said at the sentencing hearing in June.

She described the murder as a “heartbreaking breach of trust”.

“Barbara Waite loved her son very much, was a great parent and, in her mind, had no reason to fear him,” she said.

Donnelly added that Grantham had had plenty of opportunities to change his mind.

He apparently loaded and unloaded his gun several times on the day of the murder and sat on the steps of his house for almost 15 minutes to think about what to do – before finally turning around and shooting his mother.

According to CBC, Grantham feared that Waite would discover that he had stopped taking courses at Simon Fraser University and was abusing marijuana.

Grantham is best known for playing Jeffery Augustine on Riverdale. His character was written into the series as a hit-and-run killer of Luke Perry’s character, after Perry died of a stroke.

He also had roles on the TV show Supernatural (pictured)

Waite’s body was found on April 1, 2020 by his daughter Lisa, who arrived after Waite failed to return her calls and texts.

“How can I trust anyone when my only brother chose to execute my mother when her back was turned,” Lisa Grantham told the court.

But Grantham expressed his grief in court in June.

“I cannot explain or justify my actions. I have no excuse,” he said at the time.

“It pains me to think how much I’ve wasted my life.

“Faced with something so horrible, apologizing seems so pointless,” he added. “But with every fiber of my being, I’m sorry.”

Grantham is best known for playing Jeffery Augustine on Riverdale. His character was written into the series as a hit-and-run killer of Luke Perry’s character, after Perry died of a stroke.

He also had roles in the television show Supernatural, as well as the films Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

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