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Ryan Grantham, 24, fatally shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, “to save her” from watching his assassination plot against the Canadian prime minister unfold.
A Riverdale actor killed his mother to prevent her from witnessing his plot to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
After shooting Waite in the back of the head while he was playing the piano on March 31, 2020, Grantham covered his body with a sheet and placed rosaries and candles around him, the Canadian outlet CBC reported.
He then stored three guns, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car and drove to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, prosecutors said.
Grantham had planned to travel more than 50 hours to kill Trudeau, before changing his mind and considering committing “an act of mass violence” at Simon Fraser University, from which he had withdrawn.
He turned himself in to Vancouver police before harming anyone else and pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder.
Grantham is best known for playing Jeffery Augustine on Riverdale. His character was cast on the show as Luke Perry’s character’s hit-and-run assassin, after Perry died of a stroke.
Sentencing hearings for Grantham concluded Wednesday, although a judge has yet to hand down a prison sentence. Prosecutors have asked that he serve a sentence of at least 17 to 18 years before he can be considered for parole.
Prosecutors told the court Monday that Grantham’s actions were “something other than altruism.”
‘Mister. Grantham was looking to save his mother from something he was going to do,” prosecutor Michaela Donnelly said during the sentencing hearing.
Donnelly described the murder as a “heartbreaking breach of trust”.
“Barbara Waite loved her son very much, she was an excellent mother and in her mind she had no reason to fear him,” she said.
Donnelly added that Grantham had many opportunities to change his mind, but ultimately went ahead with his plan to kill his mother.
He reportedly unloaded and reloaded his gun several times before carrying out the attack.
According to the CBC, Grantham had recorded GoPro video of himself secretly approaching his mother with a gun from behind before the March 2020 murder.
Two psychiatric evaluations submitted by the prosecution concluded that Grantham committed the crime to prevent his mother from witnessing further acts of violence that he planned to commit.
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According to assessments, Grantham exhibited cannabis use disorder, depression, self-hatred, and suicidal and homicidal tendencies months before the murder.
“I’m so sorry mom, I’m so sorry Lisa… I hate myself,” read a March diary entry shared by prosecutors.
“There’s a lot of media about me out there…film and television…hundreds of hours of mine that can be seen and dissected…No one will understand.”
According to the CBC, Grantham reportedly feared his mother would find out that he had stopped attending classes at Simon Fraser University and was abusing marijuana.
Waite’s body was found on April 1, 2020 by his daughter Lisa, who arrived at the scene after Waite failed to return calls and texts from her.
“How can I trust anyone when my only brother decided to execute my mother with her back turned?” Lisa Grantham said in court.
After the heinous crime occurred at Waite’s home in the Squamish community, Grantham recorded video showing the body and admitting to the crime, which was shown in court on Monday.
Grantham pleaded guilty in March to a March second-degree murder charge, which carries a life sentence in Canada.Prosecutors have asked the court not to grant him parole for at least 17 or 18 years.
In addition to his performance in Riverdale, Grantham is known for his appearances in Supernatural, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Ryan Grantham Quick Facts
- Prosecutors said on Monday that Ryan Grantham, 24, fatally shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, ‘to save her’ from seeing his assassination plot unfold
- After shooting Waite in the back of her head as she played piano in 2020, Grantham covered her body with a sheet and placed rosaries and candles by her
- He then stored three guns, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car and headed to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, prosecutors claimed
- Grantham had planned to travel more than 50 hours to kill Trudeau
- He changed his mind and considered committing ‘an act of mass violence’ at his former university
- He turned himself to Vancouver police before harming anybody else and pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder