Former Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother and plotting to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The 24-year-old pleaded guilty after shooting his mother in the back of the head while she was playing the piano at home in Squamish, north of Vancouver, Canada. According to authorities, Ryan Grantham filmed the murder with a Go-Pro camera. The crime took place in March 2020.
The day after the incident, according to the Canadian press, he covered his mother’s body with a sheet, lit candles around it, and got into a car with various weapons and ammunition, with the aim of traveling to the Canadian capital and killing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
According to Canadian radio station CBC, the young man still drove for several kilometers before giving up on the plan.
He revealed to the police that he planned to commit a mass attack on the Lions Gate Bridge or at Simon Frases University, both in Canada, where he studied. He ended up going to the police station to confess to the crime: “I killed my mother”, he said.
In the months leading up to the crime, he spent hours smoking cannabis and watching violent videos on the dark web, as reported during the reading of the sentence that sentenced him to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for the first 14 years of his sentence.
The judge who led the trial considered Grantham “lucky” to have had the discernment not to commit a massacre and praised the fact that he now has “true remorse” for the crime committed.
He began his career at the age of nine and participated in the series ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Supernatural’.