Ryan Grantham, the B.C. actor who pleaded responsible to the second-degree homicide of his mom Barbara Waite, has been sentenced to life in jail with parole ineligibility of 14 years.
In delivering the sentence in B.C. Supreme Courtroom in Vancouver, Justice Kathleen Ker referred to as the case tragic and heartbreaking, and mentioned sufferer influence statements, particularly from his sister, spoke to the “life-shattering” results of the crime.
Second-degree homicide comes with an automated life sentence. At query within the sentencing listening to was how lengthy Grantham must wait earlier than he can apply for parole.
In delivering the choice, Ker recounted plenty of disturbing particulars revealed throughout Grantham’s sentencing listening to this previous June.
Then 21, Grantham shot Waite at the back of her head as soon as with a .22 rifle as she performed piano of their Squamish townhouse on March 31, 2020. A GoPro video Grantham took a short while after the homicide was proven in courtroom. In it he confesses to the homicide and exhibits his mom’s physique.
The following day he coated the physique with a sheet, organized lit candles round it and hung a rosary from the piano earlier than driving off in a automotive filled with weapons, ammunition and Molotov cocktails, with the intention of travelling east to Ottawa to kill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
He drove to Hope, B.C., the place he circled with ideas as an alternative of committing a mass capturing at Simon Fraser College the place he was enrolled, or on the Lions Gate Bridge. Later that evening he drove to the Vancouver Police Division constructing in East Vancouver and turned himself in.
In her causes, Ker referred to as it a “saving grace” that Grantham had sufficient attachment to actuality and psychological comprehension to elect to not go on a capturing rampage.
She summarized how Grantham was in a downward spiral within the months main as much as the matricide, spending an growing period of time smoking hashish and watching violent movies on the darkish internet, whereas feeling remoted and consumed by suicidal and homicidal urges.
Ker mentioned she thought-about Grantham’s psychological well being difficulties on the time of the homicide a mitigating circumstance. She famous that Grantham was looking for psychiatric assist in jail and receiving optimistic evaluations about his behaviour and progress.
She mentioned Grantham appeared actually remorseful. In June, he addressed the courtroom and delivered an apology, saying his mom was a caring and compassionate one that didn’t deserve what he did to her.
Grantham began performing in movie and tv when he was 9 years previous. His credit embrace the B.C.-filmed TV collection Riverdale, Supernatural and iZombie, and the movies Diary of a Wimpy Child and The Imaginarium of Physician Parnassus.