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Ryan Grantham, known for playing Jeffery Augustine in “Riverdale,” has been sentenced to life behind bars for killing his own mother.
The 24-year-old was sentenced Wednesday in British Columbia, Canada Supreme Court — approximately 6 months after pleading guilty to a second-degree murder charge for the death of his mom, Barbara Waite, back in 2020.
Prosecutors say the disgraced actor recorded his confession and the aftermath of the tragic ordeal with his own camera at the time — in the clip, he admitted, “I shot her in the back of the head. In the moments after, she would have known it was me.”
Canada’s CBC reports that during sentencing, Justice Kathleen Ker cited emotional statements from the victim’s loved ones, such as Grantham’s sister, that showed the “life-shattering” impact of the tragedy.
Ker said she also considered the actor’s mental health issues, saying it had been a “saving grace” that he had maintained enough of an attachment to reality not to commit further crimes.
Speaking about Grantham’s mental health issues, Ker noted that he had been having difficulties weeks before the actor pulled the trigger and had been viewing violent footage on the dark web.
He is getting psychiatric treatment while in jail and appears to be showing improvement, said Ker according to CBC.
The child actor’s lawyer Chris Johnson said, according to CTV, that Grantham is not shocked at the sentencing.
“I think he anticipated what the judge gave him as a sentence,” Johnson said. “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.”
According to Deadline, a second-degree murder charge in British Columbia “comes with no parole eligibility of between 10 and 25 years.”
In that context, prosecutors had recommended in a sentencing hearing earlier this year that Grantham receive a parole ineligibility up to 18 years. The former actor’s legal team had suggested 12 years as a fair consequence. Clearly Justice Ker met them in the middle in her ruling this week.
Grantham, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, has spent two and a half years in police custody, according to law enforcement officials in Vancouver who spoke to Deadline.
“Participating in a mental health program since his arrest, Grantham is in the process of being readied for transfer to a more permanent facility, sources say,” Deadline reported.
Grantham admitted that he shot his mother in the back of the head while she was playing piano in March 2020.
The Daily Beast summarized the incident:
A day after her death, Grantham allegedly plotted to assassinate Justin Trudeau, loading his car up with guns, ammunition, and a dozen Molotov cocktails, with a map to the Canadian prime minister’s Ottawa residence. He never made it there, instead driving to Vancouver police headquarters, where he turned himself in, telling one officer, “I killed my mother.”
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