Ryan Grantham, known for portraying Jeffery Augustine in the television series “Riverdale,” was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his mother. The sentence was handed down on Wednesday in British Columbia, Canada Supreme Court, roughly six months after he pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge for killing his mother.
According to the prosecution, the twenty-four-year-old actor shot his mother, Barbara Waite, in the back of her head while she was playing the piano in 2020. He then used his camera to record his confession and the aftermath of her death. “I shot her in the back of the head. In the moments after, she would have known it was me,” he confessed in the video. The ordeal was described as heartbreaking, tragic, and life-shattering by Justice Kathleen Ker as she sentenced him.
The prosecutors also said that Grantham loaded his car with guns, ammo, Molotov cocktails, and directions to Rideau Cottage the next day. Rideau Cottage is where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives. In a confession later given to the detectives, Grantham admitted that he was attempting to kill Trudeau and wrote about his mission in a journal.
Grantham won’t be eligible for parole during his first 14 years in prison, according to the provisions of his sentence.