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A former actor from the CW series “Riverdale” has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother and planning the assassination of Canadian Prime Minister Justice Trudeau.
Ryan Grantham, 24, was sentenced on Tuesday at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver. The actor is also ineligible for parole for the next 14 years.
Grantham had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of his 64-year-old mother, Barbara White.
White was reportedly playing the piano at the family’s Squamish, British Columbia home on March 31, 2020, when her son shot her in the back of the head.
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During the June hearing, prosecutors said the young actor recorded a GoPro video and his mother’s body in the wake of the murder.
“I shot him in the back of the head,” Grantham reportedly admitted on the video. “Moments later, he’ll know it’s me.”
According to prosecutors, Grantham allegedly wanted to protect his mother from witnessing the acts of violence he had planned to commit. His body was soon found by Grantham’s sister Lisa.
The day after the murder, the actor reportedly packed his truck with Molotov cocktails, guns and ammunition and drove east with the intention of killing Trudeau in Ottawa.
Grantham then looked back after contemplating a mass shooting at Simon Fraser University, where he was enrolled. He eventually turned himself over to the Vancouver Police Department that night.
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The young actor reportedly experienced feelings of depression and self-loathing, which prosecutors believe were aggravated by isolation, smoking excessive amounts of cannabis, and watching bloody videos on the Internet.
In a journal entry written on the day of the murder, Grantham reportedly apologized to his family, saying that “no one” would understand him.
According to prosecutors, he wrote, “I’m so sorry Mom, I’m so sorry Lisa… I hate myself.” “There’s a lot of media out there about me…film and TV…hundreds of hours of me that can be watched and dissected…no one will understand.”
According to the CBC, Justice Kathleen Kerr said Grantham was receiving counseling in prison and was improving.
Ryan Grantham portrays teenager Jeffrey Augustine on the horror-crime series “Riverdale”, inspired by the “Archie” comic book series. He appears in Season 4 to kill one of the main characters, Fred Andrews, with his father’s truck.
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Her other credits include small roles in the TV series “Supernatural” and the 2013 film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”