Riverdale and Diary of a Wimpy Kid actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after killing his mother to prevent her from witnessing the mass murder and assassination of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The 24-year-old will not be able to appeal for parole for 14 years after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge for fatally shooting his mother Barbara Waite, 64, while she was playing the piano in March 2020 .
He then drove to Trudeau’s home with three rifles, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car, before surrendering to police in Vancouver.
Grantham’s lawyers had argued that he should be eligible for parole after 12 years as he pleaded guilty and expressed grief over the murder.
But British Columbia Supreme Court judge Kathleen Ker ruled he will be serving 14 years because she viewed the actor’s downward spiral in the months leading up to the murder as a mitigating factor.
According to CBC, the judge noted that it was a “saving grace” that Grantham was not allowed to commit mass murder or kill the Prime Minister.
After Grantham shot his mother, he recorded a video on a GoPro in which he confessed to the murder and showed his mother’s body.
He is said to have said in the footage: “I shot her in the back of the head. In the moments after that, she would have known it was me.”
The actor then bought beer and marijuana and watched Netflix before covering his mother’s corpse with a sheet and going to bed.
In the mornings, he hung a rosary on his mother’s piano and lit candles around her body before loading his guns and camping gear into his car for his planned 50-mile trip to Trudeau’s Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.
He also thought of committing “an act of mass violence” at Simon Fraser University, where he had dropped out.
Grantham pleaded guilty to first degree murder in March.
Psychiatric evaluations concluded that before the murder, the actor exhibited a cannabis use disorder, depression, self-loathing and suicidal tendencies.
His mother’s body was found on April 1, 2020 by her daughter Lisa, who said in court, “How can I trust anyone if my only sibling chose to execute my mother after she turned her back?”
Grantham said in June: “I cannot explain or justify my actions. I have no excuse.
“It hurts me to think how much I’ve wasted my life. In the face of something so terrible, it seems so pointless to say sorry.
“But I’m sorry from every fiber of my being.”