The former actor known from the American series Riverdale Ryan Grantham was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his mother, who he shot in the head two years ago while she was playing the piano. The next day, he headed to the police station, where he confessed to the murder.
Ryan Grantham was given a life sentence on Wednesday for his mother’s murder. The actor killed the sixty-four-year-old woman on March 31, 2020. He then recorded a video on a GoPro camera in which he confesses to the murder and films the dead body. “I shot her in the back of the head. If I hadn’t, she would have known I wanted to commit an assassination,” says the actor’s voice on the recording. He then covered the body with a sheet, arranged lighted candles around it and hung a rosary on the piano.
The next morning, he loaded three guns, ammunition and a dozen Molotov cocktails into the car. According to Deadline, he wanted to try to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. However, he changed his mind halfway and headed straight to the police station, where he confessed to his mother’s murder. “I killed my mother,” he reportedly told the station at the time.
He then testified in court that he allegedly shot his mother to help her. He didn’t want her to know that he was planning to assassinate the Canadian Prime Minister.
The mother’s body was found by her daughter Lisa the next day. “I’m so sorry mom, I’m so sorry Lisa. I hate myself,” the recording reads. On Wednesday, the former actor was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder, writes the Daily Mail website.
Under Canadian law, a charge of second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence. But on Wednesday, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ruled that the actor will be able to apply for parole after 14 years. According to a psychiatric report, Grantham had been depressed and homicidal for several months before the tragedy. His mental health issues are considered a mitigating factor, the CBC reports.
Ryan Grantham played the role of Jeffery Augustine in the fourth episode of Riverdale. Although this character appeared briefly on the scene, she had a key role here. It was Jeffery Augustine who killed the character of Fred Andrews, who was played by Luke Perry known from the series Beverly Hills 90210. Grantham also appeared in the series Ghostbusters or iZombie and in about twenty films.
In the USA, the case where the actor Alec Baldwin shot a camerawoman was recently solved (04/2022):