Actor Ryan Grantham, best known for his brief role in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and appearing in “Riverdale”, has been sentenced to life for the shooting death of his mother.
Grantham, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2020 for the murder of 64-year-old Barbara Waite, as she played the piano at her British Columbia home. He will be eligible for parole in 14 years, the CBC reported.
Grantham is known for several roles in her career, including the 2010 film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, in which she played a student in an on-stage adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz”.
He also appeared in “Riverdale” as Jeffrey Augustine, a teenager who hits Fred Andrews with his father’s truck and hits him.
According to evidence presented in court, Grantham confessed to the murder in a GoPro video and showed his mother’s body.
Prosecutors said Grantham left the crime scene with Molotov cocktails and firearms with a plan to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. The CBC reported that he also considered conducting mass shootings before surrendering to police.
Defense attorney Chris Johnson said the actor, who has been jailed since his arrest, expected a sentence from Justice Kathleen Kerr, CTV reported.
“I think he’s pretty apprehensive about the whole thing. He’s a pretty small person, and to go into the prison system, I’m sure it’s a tough and scary thought for him,” Johnson said.