The child actor pled guilty to second degree murder of his mother.
The child actor Ryan Grantham murdered his mother two years ago and planned to commit a violent crime against his alma mater, Simon Fraser University, or at Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge. It has recently come to light that the actor had originally thought of murdering the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa before surrendering to the police.
The day after murdering his mother, he loaded his car with three guns, ammunition, 12 Molotov cocktails, camping supplies, and a printed Google map with directions to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa but only got to Hope, British Columbia before he switched gears and headed to Vancouver police quarters to surrender, according to HuffPost. Grantham pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on March 9 of this year after being charged with first-degree murder. The accused mentioned this in the police statement as well as in the journal where he had detailed the killing of his mother.
Actor Ryan Grantham, 24, shot his mother Barbara Waite in the back of the head as she played piano on March 31, 2020. https://t.co/F4wpSuFesJ— CBC News (@CBCNews) June 15, 2022
Grantham shot his mother, Barbara Waite, 64, in the back of her head as she was playing piano on March 31, 2020. Following this, the transgressions mentioned above occurred, and he turned himself in at the Vancouver police headquarters in East Vancouver. He told the officer, "I killed my mother." He had feelings of self-loathing, hopelessness, and a desire to commit violence in the months leading up to the murder. He had even approached his mother surreptitiously with the gun on one occasion, CBC reported. Additionally, he had recorded a video on his GoPro showing the walk-through of the murder. That night, he freaked out, wrote in his journal, took a video after the murder on his GoPro, went out to get money, marijuana and beer, came home, experimented with making Molotov cocktails, and watched Netflix for two and half hours. Post this, he covered up the body and went to bed.
A former child actor who pled guilty to murdering his mother in B.C. mentioned killing PM Trudeau in a statement to police and excerpts from his private journal. https://t.co/sSy7JB7SrD— CBC News (@CBCNews) June 14, 2022
Before Ryan left Squamish on April 1st, he set a rosary on the piano and lit candles around his mother. The body was found in the morning by the daughter, Lisa Grantham, PEOPLE reported. She came to the house to check in on them after Ryan and Barbara were not picking up the phone. In a statement, she says how her life and career have been devastated by the murder. She said there is no doubt in her mind that her brother is a dangerous person. "How can I trust anybody when my only sibling chose to execute my mom when her back was turned," she said to the court.
Grantham has been acting since he was nine years old. He has been in films and television shows like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Riverdale, Supernatural, and iZombie. The accused was in a three-day sentence hearing from June 13-June 15, 2022, E! News reported. In the hearing, he made a statement on June 15. “I cannot explain or justify my actions. I have no excuse," Grantham said. "It hurts me to think about how badly I've wasted my life." He added, "In the face of something so horrible, saying sorry seems so pointless. But from every fiber of my being, I am sorry."
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Actor Who Pleaded Guilty to Murdering Mom Allegedly Plotted to Kill Justin Trudeau https://t.co/Oulu4QVEGr— People (@people) June 15, 2022
His lawyer, Chris Johnson, said that his mental illness played a huge part in this horrifying act. “At the time of the offense, this killing was not done out of hatred or animosity," Johnson said. "It was done in Mr. Grantham's disordered thinking, to prevent his mother from seeing what he thought he was about to do.” However, this was rebutted by the opposition. “Mr. Grantham was seeking to save his mother from something he was going to do,” prosecutor Michaela Donnelly, from the British Colombia Prosecution Service, said in court. "That is something different than altruism.” Donnelly also presented two psychiatric reports which said that Grantham was suffering from clinical depression, urges to commit violence, and a cannabis use disorder before the murder took place.
Although Ryan Grantham decided against killing the Canadian Prime Minister, he is facing a life sentence for second-degree murder. https://t.co/kNsoWWiXgi— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 16, 2022
The British Columbia Prosecution Service mentions that second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence. The eligibility to apply for parole is flexible with a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 25 years. The prosecution, in this case, is asking for 17-18 years of parole ineligibility. Courts are yet to make a decision on the same.