Ryan Grantham, a 24-year-old actor who rose to prominence for his performance in the Netflix series “Riverdale,” killed his own mother and planned to assassinate Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, in 2020. Ryan pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing this week in a Canadian court.
In these cases, the sentence applied is generally life imprisonment. But prosecutors are asking for a minimum sentence of 17 to 18 years without parole.
On March 31, 2020, Ryan Grantham killed his mother, Barbara Waite, 64, by shooting her in the head while she was playing the piano. A few hours later, he recorded a video where he showed his mother’s body and confessed to the crime.
The next day, Ryan planned a trip to Ottawa, with the goal of killing the Prime Minister of Canada. But halfway through, he regretted it and surrendered to the police.
According to sources close to the actor, Grantham had been suffering from severe depression for several months. A forensic psychologist hired by the defense judged the actor’s mental state at the time “far from normal”, describing him as unstable, chaotic, ambivalent and fragile. Ryan’s lawyer argued that the actor’s depressive disorder was due to cannabis use and the isolation he experienced.
“My mother was a caring and loving person. She did nothing to deserve what I did. In the face of this horrible act that I committed, there is no point in apologizing. But I’m sorry for what I did,” Grantham said. said in court.
Born in 1998, Ryan has appeared in several films and series since he started acting at the age of nine. His first major role dates back to 2007, when he starred in the movie “The Nutcracker”. But it was in the “Riverdale” series that he gained greater notoriety, playing the role of Jeffery Augustine, responsible for the death of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry).
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