Ryan Grantham, a Canadian actor whose credits include “Riverdale,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Supernatural,” has been sentenced to life in prison with a 14-year disqualification for the second-degree murder of his mother, CBC reports.
In March 2020, the actor shot his mother, Barbara White, in the back of the head with a .22 rifle while she was playing the piano at their home in Squamish, British Columbia. As shown in court, Grantham then captured a GoPro video shortly after the murder, in which he confessed to killing his mother and showed her body. The next day, he covered the body with a blanket, surrounded it with lit candles and hung a piano rosary, before driving east to Ottawa in a car full of rifles, ammunition, and Molotov cocktails. His intention was to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Instead, he drove to Hope, BC, considering committing a mass shooting at Simon Fraser University – where he was enrolled – or on the Lions Gate Bridge. Eventually he decided to turn himself in at the Vancouver Police Department building in East Vancouver.
Grantham’s sister made a statement about victim impact at the trial, with British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Kerr calling the case “tragic” and “heartbreaking”. The judge said it was a “saving grace” that Grantham chose to turn himself in and not commit mass murder.
Since second-degree murder comes with an automatic life sentence in Canada, the question was how long Grantham should wait before applying for parole.
Grantham began acting at the age of nine, with credits including “iZombie”, “Unspeakable”, “Way of the Wicked”, “Riese” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”.