Actor Ryan Grantham, known for a brief role in ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ and guest appearances on ‘Riverdale’, has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of his mother.
Grantham, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the 2020 murder of Barbara Waite, 64, while she was playing the piano at their home in British Columbia. He will be eligible for parole in 14 years, Radio-Canada reported.
Grantham is known for a number of roles during his career, including the 2010 movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” in which he played a student portraying a shrub in a stage adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz”.
He also appeared in “Riverdale” as Jeffery Augustine, a teenager who hits Fred Andrews with his father’s truck and kills him.
Grantham confessed to the murder in a GoPro video and showed his mother’s body, according to evidence presented in court.
Prosecutors said Grantham left the crime scene with Molotov cocktails and guns with a plan to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa. He also considered committing a mass shooting before turning himself in to police, CBC reported.
Defense attorney Chris Johnson said the actor, who has been jailed since his arrest, anticipated Judge Kathleen Ker’s sentence, CTV reported.
“I think he’s pretty worried about the whole thing. He’s a pretty small person, and going into the prison system, I’m sure, is a daunting and scary thought for him,” Johnson said.