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American actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after he admitted to killing his mother, Barbara Waite, in 2020.
Prosecutors said he also planned to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Grantham killed his mother with a bullet to the back of the head while she played the piano at their home in north Vancouver, according to the court.
The 24-year-old actor, who played Jeffrey Augustine in the drama series Riverdale, was sentenced in Vancouver Supreme Court in British Columbia, Canada, on Wednesday.
The actor admitted to second-degree murder, after he was initially convicted of first-degree murder.
I killed my mom
“My mother was shot in the back of the head, and in the next moments you will know that it was me,” the actor said in a video clip on camera while filming his mother’s body after her murder.
After the young man drank beer and smoked marijuana for hours after the crime, he filled his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails he made himself and camping gear and drove to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s residence in Rideau Cottage.
Grantham drove the car about 200 kilometers east toward Hope, before returning to the Vancouver police station, where he told the officer: “You killed my mother.”
The court also said that Grantham considered mass murder on the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver or at Simon Fraser University – where he studied – before returning and turning himself in to the police.
Grantham participated in 2019 in one of the episodes of Riverdale, on the CW network, and also participated in the fantasy and drama series “Supernatural”, as he acted as a child in the movie “Wimby Child’s Diary” in 2010.
The actor has been in detention for the past two and a half years, law enforcement officials said, and has participated in a mental health program since his arrest.
During the period of imprisonment, his lawyers said that he was suffering from anxiety and depression and expressed a desire to kill himself and harm others, during the period before he killed his mother.
The actor will not be eligible for a pardon in the first 14 years of his imprisonment.