Vancouver actor Ryan Grantham, 24, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his mother in 2020.
The life sentence is mandatory for Grantham’s second-degree murder conviction, and Judge Kathleen Ker ruled that he must serve 14 years behind bars before being eligible for parole, according to Chris Johnson of the Vancouver law firm of Johnson Doyle Nelson & Anderson, which represents the young actor represented. at his sentencing before the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Wednesday.
Granthan had roles in a number of Vancouver-shot TV series and television movies, including: Riverdale, supernatural and iZombie. Johnson said Grantham has been in prison since April 1, 2020, and has been assessed by two court-appointed psychiatrists during that time.
“The psychiatrists agreed that at the time of this horrific event he (Grantham) was suffering from major depressive disorder and cannabis use disorder,” he said.
In March, Grantham pleaded guilty to using a gun to shoot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, at their home in Squamish, BC, on March 31, 2020.
“At his sentencing, (Grantham) gave a speech to the judge stating that he would devote the rest of his life to rehabilitating himself and helping other people. So he’s on his way to getting better,” Johnson added.