Actor sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mum

Former “Riverdale” actor Ryan Grantham was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the first 14 years, after he admitted to murdering his mother — and also plotting to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Grantham, 24, learned his fate at British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, more than six months after he pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge for the March 2020 killing of his mother, Barbara Waite, 64, whom he shot in the back of the head as she played the piano.

In delivering the sentence, Justice Kathleen Ker described the case as tragic, heartbreaking and “life-shattering,” reported CBC.ca.

Prosecutors said at a hearing in June that after he fatally shot his mother on March 31, 2020, at the family’s home in Squamish, British Columbia, he recorded video with a GoPro camera, in which he confessed to the killing and showed Waite’s lifeless body.

“I shot her in the back of the head. In the moments after, she would have known it was me,” Grantham said in the recording.

The actor then bought beer and weed, experimented with making Molotov cocktails and watched Netflix, before covering his mother’s body with a sheet and going to bed, according to his statement to the police.

The following day, Grantham said, he hung a rosary on his mother’s piano and arranged lit candles around her body, before loading his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping gear and directions to Rideau Cottage, where Trudeau lives in Ottawa.

Grantham later confessed to detectives about his plan to kill the prime minister, and he also wrote about it in his journal.