Actor bags life sentence for killing his mother

Actor Ryan Grantham was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of his mother.

Grantham, known for his role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid and appearance in Riverdale, pled guilty to second-degree murder in March 2020 for killing his mother, Barbara Waite.

The 24-year-old was handed a life sentence in the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday. He will not be eligible for parole for 14 years, Canada’s CBC reports.

Per the outlet, Justice Kathleen Ker said gripping statements from the victim’s loved ones, such as Grantham’s sister, showed the “life-shattering” impact of the tragedy. She added that the actor’s “saving grace” was that he was aware enough of what he did and he didn’t go on a spree.

Speaking about Grantham’s mental health issues, Ker noted that he had been having difficulties weeks before the actor pulled the trigger and had been viewing violent footage on the dark web.

He is getting psychiatric treatment while in jail and appears to be showing improvement, said Ker according to CBC.

The child actor’s lawyer Chris Johnson said, according to CTV, that Grantham is not shocked at the sentencing.

“I think he anticipated what the judge gave him as a sentence,” Johnson said. “I think he’s pretty apprehensive about the whole thing. He’s a fairly tiny person, and to go to the prison system, I’m sure it’s a daunting and scary thought for him.”

Ker also made reference to Grantham’s “diminutive” size and said she wouldn’t recommend for him to go to a maximum security prison.