Former “Riverdale” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” star Ryan Grantham was given a life sentence with no chance of release for the death of his mother. A standard sentence for second-degree murder was delivered on September 21 in Vancouver, according to “Deadline,” by British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker. The only real question was how long Grantham, who is currently 24 years old, would have to serve before becoming eligible to apply for parole after pleading guilty because the judgment and sentence were already established by the laws of the Canadian province. Shortly after shooting his mother Barbara Waite, 64, in the head in the family’s Squamish home, north of Vancouver, Grantham turned himself in to police on March 31, 2020.
In British Columbia, a conviction for second-degree murder carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10–25 years in prison. At a hearing earlier this year, the prosecution requested that Grantham get a term of up to 18 years in prison without the possibility of release. The defense team for the former legal actor argued in favor of a twelve-year prison term. Clearly, Justice Ker achieved a good balance between the opposing sides in this week’s ruling. According to Vancouver police, Grantham has been detained for the past 2.5 years after being taken into custody on initial murder allegations. Since his incarceration, Grantham allegedly has been a member of a mental health program, and he is currently being prepped for transfer to a more permanent facility.
The most well-known part for Grantham, who has been in approximately 30 movies and TV shows, is that of Jeffrey Augustine in Riverdale’s fourth season, which will air in 2019. The Archie comics-based sitcom’s premise was heavily dependent on the character despite his infrequent appearances. Jeffrey Augustine killed the late Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews, in a hit-and-run that changed the entire dynamic of the program.
In addition to the 2010 movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Grantham has appearances in the television series Supernatural, iZombie, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He started acting professionally in 2007. Grantham videotaped his mother’s body after she was killed and gave an on-camera confession that was later shown in court. Grantham methodically prepared the semi-religious scenario with the body and left the following day. He also wrote in his diary that, at one point, he intended to try to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which is consistent with his evolving reasons.
Grantham also considered opening fire amid a crowd, possibly on the adjacent Simon Fraser University or the Lions Gate Bridge. Thankfully, it didn’t come to that and Grantham turned himself in to the police in East Vancouver. He reportedly admitted to killing his mother to police officers stationed at the front desk. In March, an actor with a long resume admitted his guilt. Reading from a piece of paper, Grantham told the Vancouver court and Justice Ker, “Saying sorry feels so meaningless in the face of something so awful.” I do, however, intend it wholeheartedly.