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Diary of a Wimpy Kid actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his mother

(NEXSTAR) – Former child actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his mother.

Grantham, best known for his roles on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the series Riverdale, pleaded guilty to killing his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, at her home in British Columbia in March 2020. He was 21 then.

According to CBC, a judge delivered the ruling at the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver this week. Grantham is not eligible for parole for 14 years.

Judge Kathleen Ker called the case “tragic and heartbreaking,” according to the Canadian News Agency, and during the sentencing hearing described Grantham shooting his mother in the back of the head with a rifle while she was playing the piano. He then recorded a GoPro video confessing to the crime and recording Waite’s body.

The court heard Grantham light candles, place rosaries over the piano and pray the next day before embarking on a potentially fatal killing spree. Prosecutors revealed he loaded his car with guns, ammunition and Molotov cocktails before driving east to Ottawa and had a printed map with directions to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s home at Rideau Cottage, according to CTV News.

During the drive, however, he reconsidered and turned himself in to the Vancouver Police Department.

Grantham’s defense attorneys argued that her client was struggling with his mental health and had attended counseling.

Ker called his decision to turn himself in to authorities a “saving grace” and told the courtroom that Grantham was overcome with suicidal and homicidal urges in the months leading up to the murder, during which he increasingly used marijuana and watched violent videos online became the CBC.

A native of Squamish, British Columbia, now 24, he began acting in elementary school when he first landed a role in a fried chicken commercial, according to the Vancouver Sun. He received 30 acting credits during his career, which spanned from 2007 to 2019.

His last appearance was as Jeffery Augustine in Riverdale, a gritty reboot of Archie Comics.

If you or someone you know needs mental health help, you can find several resources on MentalHealth.gov.

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