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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ actor Ryan Grantham sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother

Canadian actor Ryan Grantham was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his mother in March 2020.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 14 years, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver said.

Judge Kathleen Ker said during Tuesday’s hearing that the case was tragic and heartbreaking, according to CBC. Before making the ruling, she recounted some of the gruesome details of Barbara Waite’s murder, the newspaper reported.

Prosecutors said Grantham, who starred in ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’, shot and killed his mother as she played the piano at their home. The next day, he allegedly loaded his car with three firearms, Molotov cocktails, ammunition, camping gear and a map showing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s home.

Grantham, then 21, planned to kill Trudeau but traveled to Hope, British Columbia, before backtracking with a plan to carry out mass violence at his school, Simon Fraser University, or Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge, according to CBC.

Instead of committing these acts, Grantham turned himself in to Vancouver police and admitted to killing his mother, the newspaper reported. He was charged with second degree murder.

Chris Johnson, Grantham’s attorney, told NBC News in a phone call on Friday that his client had previously made a statement in court expressing remorse for what he had done.

Johnson said that at the time of the murder, Grantham was struggling with untreated mental health issues, including a major depressive order. A psychiatrist said Grantham said he killed his mother so she wouldn’t have to see what he was about to do, but he ultimately didn’t carry out the plot.

“These are unusual circumstances, of course. I think the outcome was fair considering everything that happened,” the attorney said.

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