Riverdale extra sentenced to life in prison for Justin Trudeau assassination plot

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Ryan Grantham, who guest starred on Riverdale and more, has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother and plotting to kill Justin Trudeau.

Earlier Riverdale extra Ryan Grantham was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother and plotting to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Per it Independent, the Supreme Court of British Columbia sentenced Grantham on Sept. 21 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first 14 years of his sentence. That A Diary of a Wimpy Kid actor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March of this year. Grantham shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Anne Waite, in the back of the head while she was playing the piano in March 2020, a murder he rehearsed and filmed with a G-Pro. In addition to killing his mother, the 24-year-old allegedly planned to kill Trudeau at his Rideau Cottage residence.

A day after murdering his mother, Grantham arranged candles around his mother’s body. He then took three guns, ammunition, camping supplies and 12 Molotov cocktails with him on his trip to Trudeau’s residence. After traveling 200 kilometers, Grantham decided to turn around and even considered committing more violent atrocities at either Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge or Simon Fraser University, his former school. That Supernatural extra instead drove to a Vancouver police station with a blunt confession: “I killed my mother.”

Throughout his real-life trial, Grantham’s defense argued that the actor suffered from mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Grantham had contemplated suicide and self-harm months before his mother’s murder. The actor also wrote his murderous plans in a diary before carrying them out. Prosecutors also noted that Grantham, an experienced firearms user and member of a gun club, bought the .22-caliber rifle he used to kill his mother months before the shooting while aware he was experiencing homicidal impulses.

According to two psychiatric reports, Grantham had a cannabis use disorder dating back several years. Even after killing his mother, the actor reportedly spent hours smoking marijuana and drinking beer while preparing Molotov cocktails for the trip to kill Trudeau the next day. As for Grantham’s motive, Crown prosecutor Michaela Donnelly argued the actor was worried his mother would find out about his marijuana use and poor academic performance. Other reports claimed that Grantham killed his mother so she would not witness the aftermath of the actor’s plans to kill Trudeau.

Lisa Grantham, the actor’s sister, discovered her mother’s body the day after her murder after several calls and text messages went unanswered. “It breaks my heart that she fought so hard… only to be murdered by her own son… She was vulnerable and Ryan gave her no chance to defend herself. It hurts me to know that he was a danger to her life,” Grantham said in a court statement.

Source: Independent

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