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Riverdale actor killed his mother to spare her from witnessing plan to assassinate Justin Trudeau

A Riverdale actor has killed his mother to save her from his plan to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prosecutors in British Columbia said during a hearing Monday that Ryan Grantham, 24, fatally shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, “to save her” to watch his assassination plot against the Canadian prime minister unfold.

After shooting Waite in the back of the head while playing the piano on March 31, 2020, Grantham covered her body with a sheet and placed rosaries and candles around her, Canadian outlet CBC reported.

He then packed three rifles, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car and went to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, prosecutors said.

Grantham planned to travel more than 50 hours to kill Trudeau, before changing his mind and considering committing “an act of mass violence” at Simon Fraser University, from which he had dropped out.

He turned to the Vancouver Police Department before harming anyone else and pleaded guilty to first degree murder in March.

Grantham is most famous for playing Jeffery Augustine in Riverdale. His character was written into the show as the hit-and-run killer of Luke Perry’s character, after Perry died of a stroke.

Hearings for Grantham concluded on Wednesday, although a judge has not yet handed down a prison sentence. Prosecutors have asked him to serve at least 17 to 18 years before he can be considered for parole.

Prosecutors in British Columbia said during a hearing Monday that Ryan Grantham (pictured), 24, fatally shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite,

Prosecutors in British Columbia said during a hearing Monday that Ryan Grantham (pictured), 24, fatally shot his 64-year-old mother, Barbara Waite, “to save her” to watch his murder plot unfold.

After shooting Waite (pictured) in the back of her head while playing the piano on March 31, 2020, Grantham covered her body with a sheet and placed rosaries and candles around him

After shooting Waite (pictured) in the back of her head while playing the piano on March 31, 2020, Grantham covered her body with a sheet and placed rosaries and candles around him

Grantham kept three rifles, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car and made his way to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, prosecutors claimed.  Grantham planned to travel more than 50 hours to kill Trudeau

Grantham kept three rifles, ammunition and 12 Molotov cocktails in his car and made his way to Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, prosecutors claimed. Grantham planned to travel more than 50 hours to kill Trudeau

Prosecutors told the court on Monday Grantham’s actions were “something other than altruism.”

‘Mr. Grantham was trying to save his mother from something he was about to do,” prosecutor Michaela Donnelly said during the hearing.

The murder was described by Donnelly as a “heartbreaking breach of trust.”

“Barbara Waite loved her son very much, was an excellent parent and she said she had no reason to be afraid of him,” she said.

Donnelly added that Grantham had many chances to change his mind, but eventually went through with his plan to kill his mother.

He is said to have unloaded and reloaded his weapon several times before making the attack.

Prior to the March 2020 murder, Grantham had recorded GoPro video of him secretly approaching his mother with a gun from behind, according to CBC.

Grantham is most famous for playing Jeffery Augustine in Riverdale.  His character was written into the show as the hit-and-run killer of Luke Perry's character, after Perry died of a stroke.

Grantham is most famous for playing Jeffery Augustine in Riverdale. His character was written into the show as the hit-and-run killer of Luke Perry’s character, after Perry died of a stroke.

Two psychiatric evaluations presented by the prosecution concluded that Grantham had committed the crime to protect her mother from further acts of violence that he intended to commit.

Months before the murder, Grantham exhibited cannabis use disorders, depression, self-hatred, and suicidal and homicidal tendencies.

“I’m so sorry Mom, I’m so sorry Lisa…I hate myself,” read a March news report shared by prosecutors.

“There’s a lot of media about me… film and TV… hundreds of hours of mine that can be viewed and dissected… No one will understand.”

According to CBC, Grantham feared his mother would find out that he had dropped out of Simon Fraser University and was abusing marijuana.

Waite’s body was found on April 1, 2020 by her daughter Lisa, who arrived after Waite failed to answer her calls and texts.

“How can I trust anyone if my only sibling chose to execute my mother when she turned her back on her,” Lisa Grantham said in court.

After the sickening crime took place at Waite’s home in the community of Squamish, Grantham shot a video showing the body and admitting the crime, which was played in court on Monday.

Grantham reportedly feared his mother would find out that he dropped out of Simon Fraser University and was abusing marijuana.  He briefly considered carrying out an act of mass school violence, prosecutors said

Grantham reportedly feared his mother would find out that he dropped out of Simon Fraser University and was abusing marijuana. He briefly considered carrying out an act of mass school violence, prosecutors said

He covered his mother with a sheet and placed candles and rosaries around her.

Grantham planned to travel 50 hours to kill Trudeau and had guns, ammunition and explosives in his car.

At one point, he considered committing an act of violence at his former university, but turned himself in to the Vancouver police.

Grantham pleaded guilty in March to a second-degree murder charge, which carries a life sentence in Canada.

Prosecutors asked the court not to grant him parole for at least 17 or 18 years.

In addition to appearing on Riverdale, Grantham is known for his appearances in Supernatural, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

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