Canadian actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty He killed his mother in March 2020.
A spokesperson for the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver said he would be eligible for parole after serving 14 years.
Judge Kathleen Kerr said during Tuesday’s hearing that the case is tragic and heartbreaking, she reported. CBC. Before the decision was made, the newspaper reported, she recounted some horrific details of Barbara White’s murder.
Prosecutors said Grantham, who starred in “Riverdale” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” shot and killed his mother while she was playing the piano in their home. The next day he allegedly loaded his car with three firearms, Molotov cocktails, ammunition, camping supplies, and a map with directions to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s home.
Grantham, then 21, plotted to kill Trudeau but drove to Hope, British Columbia, before flipping the car over with a plan to commit mass violence at his school, Simon Fraser University, or at the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, According to CBC.
Rather than commit these acts, Grantham went to Vancouver police and confessed to killing his mother, the newspaper reported. He was charged with second-degree murder.
Grantham’s attorney, Chris Johnson, told NBC News in a phone call Friday that his client had earlier made a statement to the court expressing regret for what he had done.
At the time of the murder, Johnson said Grantham was dealing with untreated mental health challenges including a major depressive episode. A psychiatrist said Grantham said he killed his mother so she wouldn’t have to see what he was about to do, but in the end he didn’t carry out the plot.
“It’s certainly unusual circumstances,” the lawyer said. “I think the outcome was a fair outcome given everything that happened.”