American actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his mother, Barbara Waite, in 2020.
The 24-year-old, who played Jeffery Augustine on the teen drama Riverdale, was sentenced at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, after initially being charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said he had also planned to kill Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Grantham admitted shooting his mother in the back of the head while she was playing the piano at their home north of Vancouver, the court heard.
‘I killed my mother’
In a video taken with his Go-Pro camera after the murder, the Canadian actor filmed his mother’s body as he said: “I shot her in the back of the head. Moments later, she would have known it was me.”
After drinking beer and smoking marijuana for hours after the murder, he packed a car with three pistols, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails he had mixed up, as well as camping supplies and directions to Trudeau’s Rideau Cottage residence.
He drove about 200 kilometers east to the town of Hope, before turning around and driving to a Vancouver police station, where he told an officer, “I killed my mother.”
The court also heard that Grantham had considered committing an act of mass violence on Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge or at Simon Fraser University, where he had been a student, on the way before turning his car around and turning himself in.
Former child actor Grantham appeared in an episode of the CW network show Riverdale in 2019, and has also appeared in the fantasy drama Supernatural, as well as the 2010 film Dairy of a Wimpy Kid.
Grantham has been in custody for the past two and a half years, law enforcement officials in Vancouver. Said Deadline, and has been participating in a mental health program since his arrest.
During the trial, her lawyers argued that she had been struggling with anxiety and clinical depression and had expressed a desire to kill herself and harm others in the months before her mother’s murder.
He will not be eligible for parole for the first 14 years of his life sentence.