BC actor sentenced to life imprisonment for 14 years parole ineligibility for mother’s murder IG News

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BC actor Ryan Grantham, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of his mother, Barbara Waite, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison with a parole disqualification.

Sentencing at the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, Justice Kathleen Kerr described the case as tragic and heartbreaking, and said victim impact statements, particularly from her sister, speak of the “life-shattering” effects of the crime.

Second-degree murder comes with an automatic life sentence. The question at the sentencing hearing was how long Grantham would have to wait before applying for parole.

In delivering the verdict, Kerr recalled several disturbing details that surfaced during Grantham’s sentencing hearings last June.

Then 21, Grantham shot White in the back of his head once with a .22 rifle while playing the piano at his Squamish townhouse on March 31, 2020. A GoPro video took Grantham a while after the murder was shown in court. In it he confesses to the murder and shows his mother’s body.

The next day he covered the body with a sheet, arranged lit candles around it, and intended to travel east to Ottawa to kill the prime minister, before getting into a car filled with guns, ammunition and Molotov cocktails. First hung a garland from the piano. Justin Trudeau.

He left for Hope, B.C., where he spun with ideas rather than mass shooting at Simon Fraser University, where he was enrolled, or at Lions Gate Bridge. Later that night he went to the Vancouver Police Department building in East Vancouver and locked himself inside.

In his reasons, Kerr called it a “saving grace” that Grantham had enough attachment to reality and psychological understanding to choose not to go on the shoot.

A portrait of a young Ryan Grantham in a green hoodie, against a green background.
Ryan Grantham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which comes with an automatic life sentence. (filmfeed)

She summarized how Grantham was in a downward spiral in the months prior to matriculation, spending increasing amounts of time drinking cannabis and watching violent videos on the dark web, while remaining detached from suicide and suicidal urges. I felt devastated.

Kerr said she considered Grantham’s mental health difficulties at the time of the murder to be an mitigating circumstance. She noted that Grantham was seeking psychological help in prison and was receiving positive reviews about his behavior and progress.

She said that Grantham appeared genuinely remorseful. In June, he addressed the court and apologised, saying that his mother was a caring and kind person who did not deserve what she had done to him.

Grantham began acting in film and television at the age of nine. His credits include the BC-filmed TV series riverdale, divine And iZombiemore movies diary of a cowardly child And Doctor Parnassus’s Fantasy,

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