Earlier Riverdale and The life of a loser actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life behind bars with no chance of parole for 14 years for the murder of his mother in 2020.
The by-the-book second-degree murder sentence was handed down by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker on Sept. 21 in Vancouver. With the sentence already a foregone conclusion over Canadian provincial laws, the only real wildcard was how long the guilty pleading Grantham would have to wait before the currently 24-year-old could apply for parole.
The Leo Awards nominee Grantham turned himself in to police shortly after shooting his 64-year-old mother Barbara Waite in the back of the head on March 31, 2020 at the Squamish home just north of Vancouver.
A second-degree murder charge in BC is not eligible for parole between the ages of 10 and 25. In that context, prosecutors had recommended in a sentencing hearing earlier this year that Grantham be given a parole to 18 years. The former actor’s legal team had suggested 12 years as a reasonable consequence. Obviously Justice Ker met them in the middle this week in her ruling.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Grantham has been in custody for the past two and a half years, Vancouver law enforcement officials confirmed to Deadline today. Participating in a mental health program since his arrest, Grantham is currently being prepared for transfer to a more permanent facility, sources say.
With about 30 credits on his resume, Grantham noticeably played Jeffrey Augustine on the fourth season of the soap opera CW Riverdale in 2019. Although the character appeared briefly, it played a pivotal role in the Archie comics-based show. It was Jeffrey Augustine who killed the late Luke Perry, who portrayed Fred Andrews in the series, in a hit and run that changed almost everything about the show. Grantham began his career in 2007 and also appeared in the 2010 film The life of a loser, as well as stints on supernatural, iZombie and in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
It was later revealed in court that Grantham had videotaped the body after his mother’s murder and confessed to the murder on camera. A day later, after carefully arranging the body in a semi-religious scene, Grantham set off. With ever-changing intentions, he would at some point attempt to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as he also wrote in a diary entered as evidence. Grantham also considered mass shooting at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver or the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.
Fortunately none of that happened and Grantham instead went to the East Vancouver police station and surrendered. “I killed my mother,” he reportedly bluntly stated to police at the station’s reception.
In March of this year, the multi-credit actor expressed his grief at what he had done. “In the face of something so terrible, saying sorry seems so pointless,” Grantham told the Vancouver District Court and Justice Ker, as they read from a sheet of paper. “But from every fiber of my being I’m sorry.”