Ryan Grantham, A Riverdale Actor Was Given A Life Sentence For Killing His Mother

Ryan Grantham, an actor best known for his roles in Riverdale and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was given a life sentence for the murder of his mother in 2020. In 14 years, he will be eligible for parole.


Ryan Grantham Admitted To Killing His Mother

Ryan Grantham, a Canadian actor, admitted to killing his mother, Barbara Waite, in 2020 and given a life term in prison. The 24-year-old, who portrayed Jeffery Augustine in the Riverdale teen drama. He given a sentence on Wednesday at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver. After accused of first-degree murder at first, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Additionally, he reportedly planned to kill Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada. The court heard that Grantham acknowledged shooting his mother in the back of the head while she was practicing the piano at their house, located north of Vancouver.

“I killed my mother,” The actor recorded his mother’s body and spoke these words while filming it on his Go-Pro camera after the murder: “I gave her a headshot to the back. She would have recognized me shortly when she realized it was me.”

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Columbia Supreme Court Murder Sentence

Justice Kathleen Ker of the British Columbia Supreme Court delivered the standard second-degree murder sentence on September 21 in Vancouver. The only true unknown about the sentence, which was already defined by the Canadian province’s regulations, was how long the 24-year-old Grantham, who had admitted guilt, would have to wait before he could submit a request for parole.


Award-nominated for The Leo On March 31, 2020, in the family’s Squamish home, just north of Vancouver, Grantham shot his 64-year-old mother Barbara Waite in the back of the head before surrendering himself to police.

In B.C., a second-degree murder charge carries a 10- to 25-year parole ineligibility sentence. In light of this, the state had asked for a parole ban of up to 18 years for Grantham during a sentencing hearing this year. The defense team for the former actor had suggested 12 years as a proper punishment.

Grantham has spent the last two and a half years in custody after initially charged with first-degree murder. Law enforcement officials in Vancouver today confirmed to Deadline. Grantham has participating in a mental health program since his incarceration. And according to reports, he currently prepared for transfer to a more permanent facility.