‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ and ‘Riverdale’ Actor Ryan Grantham Sentenced to Life in Mother’s Murder

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ and ‘Riverdale’ Actor Ryan Grantham Sentenced to Life in Mother’s Murder

Ryan Grantham

Ryan Grantham

Netflix Ryan Grantham in an episode of Riverdale

Actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of his mother.

Grantham, known for his role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid and appearance in Riverdale, He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March 2020 for killing his mother, Barbara Waite.

The 24-year-old was sentenced to life in prison in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday. He will not be eligible for parole for 14 years, Canada’s CBC reports.

According to the report, Judge Kathleen Ker said emotional statements from the victim’s loved ones, such as Grantham’s sister, showed the “devastating” impact of the tragedy. He added that the actor’s “saving grace” was that he knew enough about what he was doing and didn’t go on a rampage.

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Speaking about Grantham’s mental health issues, Kerr noted that he was struggling weeks before the actor pulled the trigger and was seeing violent footage on the dark web.

He is receiving psychiatric treatment while in prison and appears to be improving, Ker said according to the CBC.

The child actor’s attorney Chris Johnson said, according to CTV, that Grantham is not shocked by the conviction.

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“I think he expected what the judge gave him as a sentence,” Johnson said. “I think he’s quite anxious about the whole thing. He’s quite a tiny person and going into the prison system I’m sure is a scary and scary thought for him.”

Ker also referred to Grantham’s “smaller” size and said she would not recommend he go to a maximum security prison.

Grantham was 21 when he shot his mother in the head while she was playing the piano.

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After the March 31, 2020 murder, Grantham allegedly planned to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He filled his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping supplies and a map with directions to Rideau Cottage, where Trudeau lived with his family, the CBC reported at the time.

Grantham never made it to Trudeau’s residence and instead went to Vancouver police headquarters to surrender.

Crown prosecutor Michaela Donnelly cited two psychiatric reports showing the actor was going through a “profound period of clinical depression” in the months before the crime, the CBC reported.

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The reports also indicated, according to the CBC, that Grantham was “experiencing urges to commit violence and suicide.” The CBC added that reports said Grantham made the decision to kill his mother “to spare her from seeing the violence he intended to commit.”

Complex reported that Grantham’s sister, Lisa Grantham, found their mother on April 1. Lisa shared a victim impact statement in court and said her mother, who was battling cancer, was her ‘best friend’.

“She was vulnerable and Ryan didn’t give her any chance to defend herself. It hurts me to know that she was a risk to her life,” she said, according to Complex. Both she and her mother’s sister told the court they “fear his release from prison”.

If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.

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